Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, Music 1995 Master of Science, Education 2009 Doctorate of Education 2014

Dr. Thomas Garvin

His instructional opportunities are based on positive self-efficacy within a mentorship and leadership-based environment, integrating sequential learning and professional growth for all stakeholders. 

In the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, he developed the curriculum and facilitated the openings of Lisa J. Mails Elementary School, Dorothy McElhinney Middle School, and Murrieta Mesa High School.  At Murrieta Mesa High School, he was Department Chair and awarded Teacher of the Year.  His tenure also included instruction at Thompson Middle School and interim Band Director at Warm Springs Middle School. While there, he was awarded staff member of the month. For SDC populations from Warm Springs, Thompson, Dorothy McElhinney, Shivela, Murrieta Mesa High School, Vista Murrieta High School, and Murrieta Adult Transitions Programs, customized sequential supportive standards-based musical curriculums for district-wide 4th-grade recorder programs, enhanced inclusive musical arts and mainstream student activities and opportunities. 

Currently, he is the 5th grade Elementary Band and Violin Director at Avaxat, E. H. Curran, and Tovashal sites respectively.   



    What is the MVUSD 5th Grade

    Band and Violin Program?


    This Instrumental Program is available for 5th graders to

    experience playing and performance on a musical instrument.


     It includes beginning music theory, team work,

    appreciation, performance practice, assessment, pacing,

    goal setting, introduction to instrument families, small and large

    group skills, band and orchestra approaches,

    standardized music reading,

    and future long-term opportunities!



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