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Meloney Toms is the orchestra director at Providence M.S.  She grew up in the Shenandoah Valley where she enjoyed playing the clarinet and being Drum Major of her high school band. She then moved on to college at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she received a Bachelor's in Music Education. She has been a music director in Chesterfield County since 1996.


In 6th grade, orchestra students begin learning to play one of the stringed instruments:  violin, viola, cello or double bass.  They learn how to read music while playing different styles of music, including favorite movie tunes and popular music!


We ask that beginning string students do not buy instruments before classes start. Students usually rent instruments while in middle school. At the beginning of the year, you will have help choosing an instrument and finding the correct size, and will be given a checklist to take to the right music store for your rental.


Cello and double bass players may keep their instruments at home and use school instruments in class, since these instruments are too large to transport on school buses.