Dr. Thomas Garvin

Phone: 951-696-1600 X8001

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Dr. Thomas Garvin

For the past 25 years, Dr. Garvin has taught High School, Middle School, and Elementary levels of music education. 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 was awarded Teacher of the Year.  His tenure also included instruction at Thompson Middle School (Band, Color Guard). 

Currently, as Teacher on Special Assignment, Dr. Garvin works with 3rd-5th grade Choir programs (Harmony!), supports MVUSD's 3rd-4th grade recorder programs, and Pre-School-3rd grade music at local sites.  In addition, he collaborates with educators towards a unified (Legato) 6th-12th grade / adult transition music program within populations facing specific challenges. Local conversations (Music Connections) aims to connect standards-based music instruction and artistry with classroom goals, positive self-awareness and mentorship, within performance-based opportunities, throughout all our district stakeholders. 

  

Click Here > Monte Vista Elementary Harmony Choir Sign Ups! Monday 8/26 @ 2pm Parent / Student information question and answer session in MPR! A laptop will be available to help sign up, if needed. Class starts September 9th @ 2pm. 

 

Click Here > Rail Ranch Elementary  Harmony Choir Sign Ups! Thursday 8/29 @ 7:45am Parent / Student information question and answer session in MPR! A laptop will be available to help sign up, if needed. Class starts September 5th @ 7:45am. 

 

Click Here > Buchanan Elementary    Harmony Choir Sign Ups!  Monday @ 8/26 @ 7:45am Parent / Student information question and answer session in MPR! A laptop will be available to help sign up, if needed. Class starts September 9th @ 7:45am. 

 

Click Here > Left Hand Recorder Level 1 This "BAG" Music Staff  is used in all starting recorder classes! It is a easy to use practice at home method. 

 

  • General Program Information

     

     Harmony!  (3rd - 5th Grade Choir) Legato (Middle School - Adult Transition SDC Choir)

    • Reinforcing Beginning Physical and Vocal Techniques with Performance Practice. 
    • Refining Performance Selections. 
    • Intro Kodaly Solfedge (Do, Re, Mi) with singing rounds.
    • Multiple styles of performance songs.
    • Refining advancing vocal up.
    • Working on additional performance / seasonal songs.
    • Turning back in Permission Slips.
    • Site based and community performances. 

     Recorders  (3rd - 4th Grade)

    • Foundational music writing at start of program, and throughout. 
    • Proper air, articulation, D E F G A B C D notes, and perfecting performance sounds!
    • Rhythm exercises with counting, clapping, and other sounds.
    • In class showcases presenting music.
    • Refining Performance Selections  
    • Refining Performance Practice (How we perform)
    • Continuation of Music Connections curriculum from 3rd Grade Recorder (New in 2020)  

     

    Music Connections (Grade Level Specific / Cross-curricular / State Music Standards)

    • Musical stories developing with musical whole, half, quarter notes. 
    • Foundational music writing.  
    • Reinforcing first vocal tones, movements, and styles with class curriculum.
    • Developing and exploration of rhythms by grade level.
    • Refining Performance Selections 
    • Refining advancing vocal warm up. 
    • Working on additional performance / seasonal songs.
    • Percussion Level 1 Program 
    • Percussion Level 2 Program 

     

    Music Grid System (New in 2020)

    • State Standards-Based instruction. 
    • Reinforcing first music writing and early song form.
    • Developing and supporting Music Connections program.
    • Using alternate symbols and easy to understand pre-music connections.
    • Aligns with current class instruction and standards.  
  • ** Fall 2019 Events **

     

     

    Legato Choirs Winter Celebration

    (High School & Summit ATP Performances)

    Wednesday December 4th 

     Vista Murrieta HS Theater 10:30am.

     

     

     

    Monte Vista Elementary 

    Monday December 9th, MPR

    9am - 3rd Grade Recorders

    10am - 4th Grade Recorders

    2pm - Harmony Choir Winter Concert  

     

     

     

    Lisa J Mails Elementary

    Tuesday December 10th, MPR

    9am - 4th Grade Recorders 

     

     

     

    Cole Canyon Elementary

    Friday December 13th, MPR

    10am - 4th Grade Recorders 

     

     

    Buchanan Elementary

    Friday December 13th, MPR

    2pm - Harmony Choir Winter Concert

     

     

    Rail Ranch Elementary

    Monday December 16th, MPR

    2pm - Harmony Choir Winter Concert 

     

     

     

    ** Spring 2020 Events **

     

     

    MVUSD District Choir Festival  

    Tuesday March 24th, Murrieta Mesa Theater

    Harmony Choirs:

    Buchanan, Monte Vista, Rail Ranch

     

     

     

     

     

    Monte Vista Elementary 

    Monday May 4th, MPR

    9am - 3rd Grade Recorders

    10am - 4th Grade Recorders

    2pm - Harmony Choir Spring Concert 

     

     

     

    Lisa J Mails Elementary 

    Tuesday May 5th, MPR

    9am - 3rd Grade Recorders

     

     

    Buchanan Elementary 

    Tuesday May 14th

    8am - 4rd Grade Recorders Spirit Assembly

    2pm - 3rd Grade Recorders, MPR

     

     

     

    Buchanan Elementary 

    Friday May 15th, MPR

    2pm - Harmony Choir Spring Concert

     

     

    Rail Ranch Elementary 

    Thursday May 28th, MPR

    1pm - Harmony Choir Spring Concert

     

     

    Buchanan Elementary 

    Friday May 29th, MPR

    2pm - 4th Grade Recorders

     

     

     

     

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