Phone: 951-304-1601 ext. 1953
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Music 1995 Master of Science, Education 2009 Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership 2014
Dr. Thomas Garvin
For the past 28 years, his instructional opportunities are based on positive self-efficacy within a mentorship and leadership-based environment ranging from elementary through secondary levels of music education integrating sequential learning and professional growth for all stakeholders.
Specifically, in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, he developed the curriculum and facilitated the openings of Lisa J. Mails Elementary School (Recorder, Band, Strings), Dorothy McElhinney Middle School (Band, Strings), and Murrieta Mesa High School (Band, Beg. Strings, Full Orchestra, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar, Choir, Musical Pit Orchestra). At Murrieta Mesa High School, he was Department Chair and awarded Teacher of the Year.
His tenure also included instruction at Thompson Middle School (Band, Color Guard) and interim Band Director at Warm Springs Middle School. While there, he was awarded staff member of the month. Additionally, as an MVUSD District Music Teacher on Special Assignment, his instruction included 4th-grade recorder programs, 3rd-5th grade elementary choirs, and coordination of the sequential 6th-grade - Adult Transition SDC Music Connections district-wide programs.
District-Wide 4th Grade Recorder, Beginning and After-School 3rd-5th Grade Choir, and SDC Music Connection Assignments for the 2022-23 school year, TBA.
What is Music Connections?
The Music Connections programs is an adaptive, student-centered, sequential,
curriculum-based, musical program that utalizes singing, movements,
rhythms, music creation and understanding, performance,
mentorship, positive self-awareness, and provides connections
across a variety of supportive mainstream personal and instructional goals.
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What is the Recorder Program?
The Recorder Program provides all 4th graders an
opportunity to experience beginning music theory, team work,
music appreciation, performance practice, pacing,
goal setting, introduction to instrument families, small and large
group skills, band approaches, and future opportunities.
New in 2022 - 2023, we start to crossover original Music Connections
compositions and curriculum into the MVUSD recorder programs!