Executive Board:


Abby Aska, President

Abby is a senior Music Education major at Montclair State’s John J. Cali School of Music. She studies clarinet under the instruction of KeriAnn DiBari. For the past three years, Abby has been a very active member of Montclair State University’s NAfME Chapter. She has high hopes and goals for the MSU NAfME Chapter this year and is very excited to work with this board in executing them. In addition to her goals for this NAfME Chapter, Abby also aims to reach out in the name of music education to students, teachers, and other collegiate educators to advocate for music and music education.





Martha Wachulec, Vice President

Now in her third year, Martha Wachulec is a Music Education major in the John J. Cali School of Music. She studies piano under the instruction of Dr. David Witten. Since freshman year, Martha has been very involved with MSU’s NAfME Collegiate Chapter, as its goals deeply resonate with her. As your vice-president for the 2017-18 school year, she looks forward to helping the NAfME’s executive board and its members meet and expand the outreach of these goals. Matters of music education advocacy, social justice within schools, multicultural musics, and members’ growth as musicians, educators, and citizens are all especially important to her. She is very excited for what the new school year will bring, or rather – what she, the board, our members, and the Cali School community will bring to the new year.



James Boland, Secretary

James is a junior Music Ed major in the John J. Cali School of music. Studying violin under the guidance of Mary Ann Mumm, his aim as a musician and as an educator is to help bring the many benefits of being musically involved to as large a number of people as possible. NAfME’s merging of various teaching styles and its inclusion of each form of music to educate people of all ages and backgrounds aligns perfectly with James’ pedagogical ideology, and he looks forward to furthering that cause as MSU’s NAfME Chapter secretary for the 2017-18 school year.




screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-2-14-12-pm Justin Romano, Treasurer

Justin is a senior Music Education major in the John J. Cali School of Music. He is currently studying bass clarinet and clarinet under the instruction of Romie de Guise-Langlois. Since his first year at Montclair State, he has always been actively participating in NAfME’s events and always trying to bring new members in from all paths of music. His aims as both a member of NAfME and a future educator are to help spread important pedagogical ideologies and mindsets of teaching music and music itself, how to become more open-minded with music and life in general, how to effectively advocate and teach others about the importance of music, and to share the excitement and passion that music brings him to everyone that he meets. With these ideologies and the enthusiasm that he brings to the table, Justin is ready to continue to help spread the wonder of music to NAfME, fellow students and teachers in John J. Cali, and the communities surrounding Montclair State University.



Justina Carandola, Advertising & Media Coordinator

Justina Carandola is a sophomore at Montclair State University, studying Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music. She is moving onto her second year of Trumpet studies under the instruction of Professor Chuck Bumcrot. She was an active member of Montclair’s NAfME chapter during the 2016-2017 school year, and plans on using her own experience to help expand the program for the upcoming years. She is taking on the role of Advertising and Media Coordinator to help spread and further develop NAfME and its outreach. A personal goal of hers is to expand the community to all music majors, including music therapy, performance and of course, education majors. She has combined her passion for music education and her understanding of social media to help advertise NAfME and expand our chapter on a level beyond our campus.



 Dr. Marissa Silverman, Professional Advisor

Marissa Silverman is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, NJ. She was previously an Adjunct Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University (2000-2009) and has taught at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University. As a secondary school teacher, Dr. Silverman taught band, general music, and English literature at Long Island City High School (Queens, New York). A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Silverman is published in the International Journal of Music Education, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, the International Journal of Community Music, Visions of Research in Music Education, and The New York Times. Dr. Silverman is co-author of Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of Community Music Today (Rowman & Littlefield). Her research interests include topics in music education philosophy, urban music education, community music, artistic interpretation, and interdisciplinary curriculum development. Dr. Silverman holds a PhD in performance (flute) from NYU, as well as degrees in English Literature. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral around the metropolitan area and festivals around North America. Her special performance interests include the French Baroque, chamber works of the late Classical period, and contemporary Russian music.