Phone: See Site Office.


Degrees and Certifications:

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

Dr. Thomas Garvin

For the past 27 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) and interim Band Director at Warm Springs Middle School. While there, he was awarded staff member of the month. 

Currently, he is an MVUSD District Music Teacher on Special Assignment. He teaches the 4th-grade recorder program, 3rd-5th grade elementary choirs, and a sequential 6th-grade through Adult Transition SDC Music Connections district-wide program.  



Warm Springs Band Files

PRIDE as a Band Member Grading - Click Here!

Musicianship Grading - Click Here!

Warm Springs District Instrument Usage Agreement - Click Here!

Symphonic 9/7 Performance Flyer - Click Here!

Jazz Band 9/10 Performance Flyer - Click Here!

Int. Bands 10/6 Performance Flyer - Click Here!

Students are welcome to join the recorder Flipgrid, it has the music writing assignments we have covered in-class!


  • To enter the Recorder or Music Connection / Choir Flipgrids directly below, please do the following:

    1. Click the Red "Join with Microsoft" button.

    2. Enter your MVUSD email and password.

    3. (Microsoft Canvas # and password should also work) - "Join with Google" is not available.

    4. For Recorders, enter the join code garvin7430 if needed.

    5. For Music Connections / Choir, enter the join code garvin5121 if needed. 


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Recorder Beg. Song Music Worksheets with Play Along - Plank Road Publishing, Inc. (2002)

Recorder Adv. Song Music Worksheets with Play Along - Plank Road Publishing, Inc. (2002)

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 Recorder and Music Connections

World of Music Instruments / mp3 Audio

Great Composers / mp3 Audio

PowerPoint Presentations