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          Hello! We're part of the Lac Hong Music Group. We're learning to play traditional instruments from Vietnam that have existed for more than I000 years. Although we were all born in the United States, we love to play these instruments from our parents' homeland.

Most of our parents never had the opportunity to learn how to play these beautiful instruments in Vietnam. They want us to keep Vietnamese music alive here in their new country.
They also want us to learn to speak, read, and write the Vietnamese language

We go to special Vietnamese schools on Sundays. Our parents think it is very important for us to learn about the country our families came from. Perhaps someday we can visit there.

 

Students Artists

Music Group 2009  

Every Saturday our parents take us to "Little Saigon" in Orange County, California, for our music lessons.  We are taught by excellent instructors. They both used to teach at the National Conservatory of Music and Drama in Saigon, Vietnam.

Most of us take private lessons from Professor Chau Nguyen. Then we practice as a group with him for two to three hours. He's the conductor of our Lac Hong Music Group.  
Professor Mai Nguyen also teaches some of us, and she helps organize our group.

 

 
 
Julie and Andy play the mono-string. To play it they pluck the single string. They've both been playing the mono-string for two years. It's a difficult instrument to play.
 
 
Kim-long plays the two-string fiddle. He holds it upright and plays it with a bow. Kim-long's grandfather sent him this instrument from Vietnam. it has his name spelled out in mother-of-pearl.
 
Antiem and David play the moon-shaped guitar. This instrument also has two strings. Antiem and David play it upright like a banjo, but it's a lot bigger. It's almost as big as Antiem!
 
 
 
Annie plays the four-string lute. This instrument is also played upright. Annie loves the pretty sound the lute makes and enjoys playing it.
 
We have twelve girls in our group who play the 16-string zither. To play it, they strum the strings with their fingers. Jennifer and Michele are in the first row. They've been taking lessons from Professor Mai Nguyen for six years.
 
 
 
Lisa plays the 36-string dulcimer. She sits behind it and hits the strings with little padded hammers. There are very few of these instruments in the United States. Lisa feels lucky to be able to play one
 
We practice together so that we can perform for everyone in our area. Performing takes a lot of hard work and preparation.  When we have rehearsals, our parents come to help us. They're really involved in everything we do.