• Information regarding start times for Fall Recorder programs and Music Connections will be available shortly after Labor Day! Please contact Carol Hernandez, VAPA Coordinator. 

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Dr. Thomas Garvin

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Dr. Thomas Garvin

For the past 26 years, his instructional opportunities are based on positive self-efficacy within a mentorship and leadership environment ranging from High School, Middle School, and Elementary levels of music education integrating sequential learning and professional growth for all stakeholders. 

Specifically, in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, he developed curriculum and facilitated the opening of Lisa J. Mails Elementary School (Recorder, Band, Strings), Dorothy McElhinney Middle School (Band, Strings), and Murrieta Mesa High School (Band, 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).  Currently, he is a Music Teacher on Special Assignment.

Distance Learning Introduction

Welcome to distance learning! Directly below, tune in for stories, musical thoughts, and activities in Dr. Garvin's Podcast: Hello From Home! Full Downloads seem to work best. 

Specific RECORDER and MUSIC CONNECTIONS instructional videos, class activities, and performances are available in the Hello From Home: Flipgrid section!  

Music Connections provides inclusive musical activities for all students with adaptable ranges for all. 

Welcome, and Hello from Home!   


  • Distance Learning Teaching Resources and Activities

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Hello From Home! - Podcasts

Hello From Home! - Flipgrid Learning and Specific Resources

Recorder Class Resources - Plank Road Publishing, Inc. (2002)

Drum Beats

Drum / Hand Worksheets

Soundscapes Original Music

Great Composers - NEW

Music Connections / General Classroom Music Lessons

PowerPoint Presentations