Degrees and Certifications:

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

Dr. Thomas Garvin

Starting year 28th, 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, 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.

Currently, as an MVUSD District Music Teacher on Special Assignment, his instruction includes: 4th-grade recorder programs, 3rd-5th grade elementary choirs, and integration of 4th - Adult Transition Music Connections classes, when available.   



  • 2022 - 2023 Dr. Garvin's

    Choir Announcements



    New Choir


    Fall / Spring 3rd - 5th Grade Choirs.

    Sign-up information is posted below.

    If your school is not listed,

    check with your school office.



    Fall Only

    Alta Murrieta Elementary Afterschool - Tuesday's (Class is Full!) 

    Tovashal Elementary Before School - Thursday's (Class is Full!)

     Murrieta Elementary Before School - Friday's (Class is Full!)


    Spring Only

    Rail Ranch Elementary Before School - Monday's (Starts 1/23)

    Axaxat Elementary Before School -  Thursday's (Starts 1/26)

    Buchanan Before School - Friday's (Starts 1/20)



    ** Spring 3rd - 5th Choir Sign - ups,

    start in November! **


    "Click to join" link for specific information! 

     (Reaching Capacity - Warning )

    -- Link will close at 45, Max Class is 50.--


    Please email for consideration and wait list if class is closed.





    Thank You For Supporting The Arts! 





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Program Performance Video Presentations (New!)



    To Enter the Selected Flip Recorder / Music Connections

    (Video Lessons) Below: 


    Click the "Join with Microsoft" button only.

    Enter your MVUSD email and password.


     * * Microsoft Canvas # and password will also work * *

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     "Join with Google" and "Join with Apple" is not available.


    Music Connections join code enter: garvin5121 if needed. 

    Recorders join code enter: garvin7430 if needed.


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    What is the Recorder Program?


    The Recorder Program provides all 4th graders an

    opportunity to experience playing a musical instrument,

     beginning music theory, team work, music

    appreciation, performance practice, assessment, pacing,

    goal setting, introduction to instrument families, small and large

    group skills, band approaches, and future opportunities.








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

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

  • Music Connections


    What are Music Connections?


    Music Connections provide adaptive, student-centered, sequential,

    curriculum-based, musical education that utilizes singing, movements,

    rhythms, music creation and understanding.  Outcomes provide performance,

    mentorship, assessment, positive self-awareness, providing connections

    across diverse learning populations, and goal achievement.



Music Connections

Music Writing Tips / How to Grade Yourself!

World of Music Instruments / mp3 Audio

Drum / Hand Worksheets for Music Connections

Drum Beats / mp3 Audio for Music Connections

PowerPoint Presentations