Diane Nalini is an award-winning jazz singer and songwriter with over ten years of experience teaching learners of all ages, from high school students to retirees. She has released five critically-acclaimed albums, performed at jazz festivals around the world, and given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. An accomplished songwriter, composer, and lyricist, Diane has written or co-written songs that have been used in movies, television shows and video games.

Diane was on faculty at the University of Guelph for five years, where she brought music into the physics classroom on a regular basis. She is passionate about making music more accessible and enjoyable to all. In addition to teaching in Carleton University’s Lifelong Learning program, she gives workshops in singing, vocal improvisation, songwriting and ukulele. If you are interested in booking a workshop at your event, please visit the workshops page for samples of workshops offered.


Festival teaching calendar for 2021

May 21 – 22, 2021


Online Ukulele Jazz Festival


Online Ukulele Jazz Festival featuring Sarah Maisel, Craig Chee, Neal Chin, Diane Nalini & Adrian Cho. Registration information: Ukulele Jazz Festival website.


June 25 – 27, 2021


MidWest Uke Camp online


Diane is teaching 4 workshops at this fabulous festival, which includes all levels of ukulele. Registration information: Midwest Uke Camp website


Sat-Wed, Aug 17-21


Strathmore Virtual UkeFest 


Diane will be teaching an intensive intermediate workshop on bossa nova spread over two mornings at this fantastic online festival. She’ll also teach several fun, all-levels afternoon workshops. To register, visit: Strathmore Uke Fest


Sat-Wed, Aug 17-21


Port Townsend Ukulele Festival


Diane will be teaching four workshops at this terrific online festival: Hit the Road Jack!, Bossa Nova Night and Day, Nailing the Open Mic and a baritone uke workshop (Dark Eyes). To register, visit: Port Towsend Ukulele Festival.


Teaching in 2022

Aug 7 – 13, 2022


B.C. Swing Camp 2022


Sorrento, British Columbia. Teaching week-long intermediate/advanced class in jazz & bossa nova comping on ukulele.

More information: BC Swing Camp website


Some student feedback:

Diane’s enthusiasm for her subject was infectious… She gave me insights into singers I had never considered before. Her own vocal demonstrations were lovely to listen to, but also very instructive. 


Diane is awesome! She is fun and enthusiastic and really passionate. She is very organized and loves to teach. She is amazing, a wonderful person who is fun and down to earth!


I loved her enthusiasm. She responded to questions in a positive and accurate way. This made everyone feel comfortable in the class setting. She is very approachable… I would highly recommend to everyone who loves music.


Diane Nalini has a fabulous voice and remarkable knowledge of the music taught. She’s very entertaining and easy to understand.