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    Starting May - August 2022

    Will Receive Additional Music!


    Dr. Garvin, Director




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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!








Recorders 1 - Plank Road Publishing, Inc. (2002) / Music Connections

Recorders 2 - Plank Road Publishing, Inc. (2002) / Music Connections

Music Connections / Choir Songs and mp3 Performance Tracks

Music Writing Tips / How to Grade Yourself!

Drum Beats / mp3 Audio for Music Connections

Drum / Hand Worksheets for Music Connections

World of Music Instruments / mp3 Audio

Great Composers / mp3 Audio

PowerPoint Presentations