For Immediate Release

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National Association for Music Education Awards
Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship to Martha Wachulec
of Montclair State University

RESTON, VA (July 11, 2019) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) honored Martha Wachulec of Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, as the recipient of the 2019 Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship. Martha Wachulec was presented the scholarship this past June in Washington, DC. The Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship was created by Shannon’s family and friends in coordination with NAfME to honor her exemplary life and her love of teaching music. The scholarship award is open to current NAfME Collegiate members, who have been nominated for NAfME Collegiate Professional Achievement Recognition.

2019 Shannon Kelly Kane scholarship

NAfME President and Board Chair Kathleen D. Sanz with Martha Wachulec of Montclair State University, June 18, 2019. Photo: Ashlee Wilcox Photography |

Martha Wachulec currently serves as President of the Montclair State University NAfME Collegiate chapter and has previously served as Vice President. Throughout her various roles within the chapter, Wachulec has been a mentor and inspiration to all members. Additionally, Wachulec has maintained an annual Chamber Day for middle school students, served as liaison to the New Jersey Music Educators Association for the NAfME Eastern Division Conference, and implemented lectures and workshops for the undergraduate music education students on campus. Wachulec also received a NAfME Collegiate Professional Achievement Award this past June for her work at Montclair State University.

NAfME Collegiate Professional Achievement Award

L to R: Shelby Chipman, NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council Chair; NAfME President and Board Chair Kathleen D. Sanz; Martha Wachulec of Montclair State University. Photo: Ashlee Wilcox Photography |

Learn about past recipients of the Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship, NAfME Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Recognition, and NAfME Collegiate Professional Achievement Awards. To learn more about the NAfME Collegiate program, visit


National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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