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Music Educator

Director of Suzuki Piano Teacher Training

Suzuki Piano Teacher

Guest Lecturer and Keynote Speaker at Universities and Conferences


Artistic Director

Concert Organiser

Concert Pianist


Chamber Music


Australia Day Ambassador

Honours / Awards

Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 1998

Awarded for service to the community, particularly as a piano and music teacher, and as an administrator and organizer of musical events for charity.

Australia Day Ambassador 2009 - ongoing

Paul Harris Award - Rotary Club of Caulfield 2004

Churchill Fellowship 2003 to research Family and School's Concerts in USA

Honoured in the Melbourne Museum Exhibition 'Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives' 2002

Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) Woman Achiever of the Year 1995

Avon Spirit of Achievement Award for Women for Excellence in the Arts 1993

Finalist in BP Pursuit of Excellence Awards 1991

Life Member - Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia (Victoria) Inc.

Life Member - Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Master of Music (Melbourne University) 1974
Bachelor of Music (Melbourne University) 1956-59

Dance Education (Diploma of Creative Movement)

Mount Scopus College 1949 - 1955*
Shelford Girls Anglican School 1944 - 1948

*Nehama's father was Founder and First President of Mount Scopus College.


Teacher of Creative Movement 1956-1966


    • Australian Ballet School 1966 - 1974
    • Australian Ballet Company 1966-1974
    • Movement and Dance classes at Institute of Early Childhoon Development
    • Freelance accompanist for dance and theatre
      • Festival Ballet Co. (UK)
      • J.C. Williamsons
      • Princess Theatre
      • Tivoli Theatre
      • Union Theatre

Lecturer in Dance department at Institute of Early Childhood Development

Teacher for Yamaha Music Foundation 1970-1976

Director of Yamaha Music School (Caulfield) 1971-1976

Lecturer at Victorian College of the Arts 1976-1981

Director of Music at Yavneh College

Lecturer at Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music

Lecturer at Deakin University

Guest lecturer at Melbourne and Monash Universities annually

Staff member of Australian National Academy 's inaugural Junior program – 1998

Director of Suzuki Piano Teacher Training in Melbourne

Director of Israel 's Independence Day celebrations at Melbourne Concert Hall for 8 years

Specialist in Movement and Dance for musicians

Teacher at Workshops, Festivals and Institutes throughout Australia, Europe, North and South America, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Israel and South Africa

Member of vocal group 'Hatzlilim' which performed on all major “live” TV shows in 1960s.

Extensive Radio and Television Work including

Main Achievements

Music Composition for The Australian Ballet Company's “Arena” performed throughout Australia in 1970

Piano soloist with

Organizer of concert with 4 Grand Pianos, Orchestra, Choir and Dancers with own students as the performers. Raised over $3,000 for Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children

Performed for Israel Independence Day celebrations in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide … also Melbourne, Florida

Performed in own One Woman Cabaret Show It's All New but Nothing's Changed for 2 separate seasons at Chapel-off-Chapel and also for Jewish Festival of Arts (2003/04)

Inaugurated the Patma Music Family Orchestral Concerts at BWM Edge, Federation Square (2005)

Cultural Achievements

Invited to perform and teach at Summer Festivals, Music Conferences and Suzuki Institutes world wide (USA, Canada, UK, NZ, Israel, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Chile, Peru, Korea, Japan and throughout Australia)

Lectured for Yamaha Music throughout Australia and South Africa

Toured through Europe with “Australia Felix” (a contemporary music group led by noted composer, critic and lecturer, Felix Werder) performing contemporary music by Australian and German composers

Performed with Dr. Peter Clinch (saxophone & clarinet) for over 11 years throughout Victoria, Europe and Singapore giving concerts for school children and adults

Composition of music for children's ballet performed on ABC television

Production of Symphony Concerts for school children 'Proms for Preps' under auspices of the Arts Education Program at the Victorian Arts Centre (1987 - 2002)


My Music Teacher's OK by Eve Ash for Seven Dimensions (1982) which won an Educare Award in Munich

The Music Teacher by Nicholas Sherman for TV (1998/99)

A Teaching Inspiration for Channel 31 by Rebecca Chambers (2000)


Recorded Improvised music for Creative Movement with percussionist Barry Quinn

Recorded CD with Dr. Peter Clinch – saxophone /clarinet

Recorded with Brian Brown (jazz musician)

Recorded music for several TV documentaries

Recorded piano music for TV series Return to Eden

Recorded piano music on Anthony Warlow's CD On the Boards

Services to the Community

Member of Board of Governors of Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children (1995-2004)

Patron of Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children (2004 - current)

Member of Rotary Club of Caulfield (1996 - October 2005), President (2000/01)

Member of Rotary Club of Hawthorn (November 2005 - current)

Performances for many charity organizations including Red Cross, Care Australia , Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs, Royal Children's Hospital, Women's Hospital, Jewish organizations and Welfare groups.


Foundation for Youth Excellence in City of Glen Eira

Suzuki Talent Education of Australia (Victoria) Professional Development Committee - as Director of Piano Teacher Training

Victorian Music Teachers' Association of Australia, Vice President

Victorian representative - Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association

Artistic Director - Young Musicians of Excellence

Artistic Director - Patma Music Family Concerts