Spence is committed to offering students varied opportunities for extracurricular activities, building on and enhancing their school experience.

Second Act Program

Second Act, Spence's after-school program, is an activity-based program open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. Classes include Gymnastics, Creative Dance, Pottery, Kid’s Kitchen, Chess, Drama, Taekwondo, Stop Motion Animation, Junior Chorus and Comic Book Creations. Second Act classes are held Monday through Friday from 3:15-4:45 p.m. Second Act is a co-ed program and is open to Spence students and their siblings as well as children of Spence faculty and staff.

Instrumental Music Program

Private lessons in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, and percussion may be arranged through the school. All students are eligible to study piano and string instruments. To study woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments, students must be in Grade 4 or above or have the approval of the teacher. Lessons in Theory/Musicianship and Composition are also available.

All instrumental music lessons will be scheduled in the 91st Street Building. Most lessons are scheduled after school; Middle and Upper School lessons may be scheduled during the school day if schedules permit. Additional fees apply for individual lessons, and financial aid is available. 

All students must have access to an instrument for practice outside of school. For piano students, please contact the Instrumental Music office if you would like information about renting or buying a piano. As needed, an electronic keyboard is an acceptable substitute for a piano. Rental or purchase of wind, string, and percussion instruments may be discussed with the teacher involved.

Instrumental Music Faculty Biographies

Instrumental Music Groups

The Spence Ensemble, directed by Avigail Malachi, meets before school for students in Grades 3-5 who study a string or woodwind instrument either at Spence or outside the school and are ready for a beginning ensemble experience. A minimum of three students are required to form the ensemble, and each student must also be enrolled in private lessons inside or outside of Spence. Reading music at the appropriate level is necessary for participation in the group. There are no fees for participation.

The Spence Orchestra, directed by Greg Harrington, meets one morning before school each week and one Saturday each month for students in Grades 6–12 who study an instrument either at Spence or outside. Membership in the orchestra is open, by audition, to students of intermediate and advanced levels who study strings, woodwinds, percussion or piano, can read music and are ready for an orchestral experience. There is no fee to participate in the orchestra at Spence. Please contact the Instrumental Music office for more information.

PROGRAM section

Second Act Contact

List of 1 members.

  • Martha Cameron 

    Director of Second Act and Camp Spence

Instrumental Music Contacts

List of 1 members.

  • Matthew "Matt" Holman 

    Director of Instrumental Music