Grant Sears, Orchestra
Room: #140 - Orchestra Room
Please carefully read and understand the operations of the NTHS orchestra by downloading the orchestra handbook available on this website. Also, please take a look at the Performance Calendar, this has important information for all musicians on performance dates throughout the school year.
Finally, please know that I am here to help your child in any way that I can. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all. The best way to contact me is through my school email address.
Reminders for Orchestra Students & Parents
Dear Parents and students,
This spring is going to be different. I promise that I will do my best for you during this Covid - 19 school closure. Everything will be online. All assignments will go through Canvas and /or Smart music. If you are a student of mine from PG or South Bay, all of your assignments will be on google classroom.
Through all of these changes, let's keep our eye on the ball. The most important thing for you is to stay healthy and remember you have a responsibility for your own learning and education.
1. Get yourself on a daily schedule of routines - (wake up, chores, classwork, study, and practicing)
2. Check e-mails and "Canvas" several times each day.
3. Be familiar with google "meet" so you can be participating in class discussions.
4. Make sure you have the ability to tune your own instrument - (tuning App, digital tuner, piano at home, metronome)
5. Don't forget to e-mail me with any questions that you may have.
6. You should be practicing your instrument 30 minutes each and every day, or more.
I am in my 35th year of teaching, 34 of which have been in the North Thurston Public Schools. I presently teach orchestra at North Thurston High School, South Bay, and Pleasant Glade schools. I have a bachelor of Music from Washington State University (Yes I'm a Coug!) and a Master of Arts in Music from Pacific Lutheran University. I absolutely love teaching orchestra and strive to instill a love and commitment for playing a stringed instrument throughout a student's life. I do this by modeling excellence through positive energy, commitment toward my students, and dedication to the craft of teaching. My lovely wife, Cheryl, is a 4th grade teacher at Evergreen Forest elementary. She is an amazing person and is always an inspiration to me. I also have 2 beautiful grown daughters, Jessica and Christine, who are equally amazing people.