• Music
  • Grades 4-8
Maa Vue

Maa Vue

Wausau, WI

“I think the language is the most important part of my music... When I think about how I connect to my culture, it's really through the Hmong words that I'm singing, and the fact that it's poetry.”

Musician Interview

Making Her Voice Heard

Maa Vue is a singer/songwriter who creates music in the Hmong language. In her journey as a musician, she draws from her emotions while celebrating her culture and challenging expectations.


“I started asking myself, ‘How come nobody’s asking me what I want to be?’ That’s when I found music again.”

Questions to consider:
  • Maa talks about how singing in show choir helped to raise her confidence and find her voice. How do you feel when you make music? Are there other ways you express yourself?
  • Maa shares about how there are expectations for girls and women in her family and culture, and that she had to defy those expectations to forge her own path as a musician. What expectations are in your own life?
  • Maa uses music to communicate with her dad and her culture. What music makes you feel connected to your culture or the ones you love? Why?

Musician Performance

Maa Vue

“Txiv Lub Xim Xaus”

(Father’s Violin)

In this song, Maa honors her father and his passion for playing the xim xaus, a traditional Hmong string instrument. Maa also reflects on how time with your loved ones should be cherished.

“Txiv Lub Xim Xaus” was composed by Maa Vue and featured on her 2016 album Sij Hawm from Yellow Diamond Records. This performance was recorded by PBS Wisconsin Education on February 22, 2020.


View the song lyrics in Hmong and English.


“The connection that brought me and my dad back was the music.”
Maa Vue

Play Music

“Txiv Lub Xim Xaus” (Father’s Violin)

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Guides & Resources

Maa Vue

Educator Engagement Guide

Maa Vue

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Inside this guide:

  • Background information about the musician
  • Knowledge, skill and affective outcomes for learners with strategies for achieving them
  • Academic standards aligned with these resources
Map of location
Wausau, WI

Project Credits

Mia Forslund
Ryan Hendricks

Ryan Hendricks
Ian Glodich
Nia Scott

Ryan Hendricks

Inga Foley
Beauxregard Neylon
Curtis Sorensen

Vicki Way Kipp

Scott Stetson
Amanda Roslansky
Ian Glodich
Amber Samdahl

Norman Yuson Cuaño
John Vieth
Tim Schneider

Maa Vue

Music Education Content
Kathy Bartling
Darin Menk
Laurie Fellenz

Engagement Guide
Katherine Miller
Hadfield School
Waukesha, WI

Lucy Wrenn
Palmyra-Eagle Area School District
Palmyra, WI

Project Partner
Wisconsin School Music Association

Executive Producer
Megan Monday

Director of Education
Alyssa Tsagong

Director of Television
Jon Miskowski

Special Thanks
Vang Vue
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Focus Fund for Education
Friends of PBS Wisconsin

Educator Advisory Group

Kevin Blakeslee
Lincoln Elementary
Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, WI

Peter Dennee
Carthage College
Kenosha, WI

Matt Eidson
Madison, WI

Heidi Henderson
Milwaukee German Immersion School
Milwaukee, WI

Amy Maack
Gifford K8 School
Racine, WI

Katherine Miller
Hadfield School
Waukesha, WI

Julie A. Palkowski, PhD
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Madison, WI

Schuyler Gardner Pietz
Madison Elementary School
Stevens Point, WI

Linda Ruesink
Watertown Unified School District
Watertown, WI

Sue Smits
Unified School District of De Pere
De Pere, WI

Kurt Stein
Kurt Stein’s School of Music
Fox Cities, WI

Randal Swiggum
Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, WI

Jesus M. Valencia
Rio H.S./M.S.
Rio, WI

Natasha Verhulst
Keshena Primary School
Menominee Indian School District
Keshena, WI

Lucy Wrenn
Palmyra-Eagle Area School District
Palmyra, WI