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 four 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 major Hollywood releases, indie films, 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 has given invited talks and keynote addresses on using music to teach literature and physics, including for the Quebec Teachers Federation, the Toronto District Schoolboard, and the Regina Teachers’ Association.
She is passionate about making music more accessible and enjoyable to all. In addition to teaching in Carleton University’s continuing education 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 more a sample of workshops offered.
Teaching calendar for 2020
Saturday, Jan 18
Saturday, April 18
Online ukulele workshop: Intro to jazz comping
1pm to 2:30pm, via Zoom
Price: $20 (however, if you are suffering hardship as a result of COVID-19, a 50% discount is offered).
Registration via Eventbrite. Space is limited to 6 spots.
Sunday, May 17
Sunday, May 31
Sunday, June 14
Online ukulele repertoire workshop series: bossa nova comping “Corcovado” (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
3pm to 4pm, via Zoom
Price: $10 (special discounted price due to the pandemic).
Sunday, June 28
Sunday, July 19
Sunday, July 26
FREE Live stream Jazz Booster workshop: From Page to Performance
1 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom
Live on YouTube here. Sing and play along live as we workshop each step of learning, arranging and performing a jazz standard. With special guests Adrian Cho, Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee. More info coming soon!
August 22 – 23, 2020
City of Lights Ukulele Festival online
More info coming soon.
June 25 – 27, 2021
Aug 15 – 21, 2021
B.C. Swing Camp – postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19
Sorrento, British Columbia. Teaching week-long intermediate/advanced class in jazz & bossa nova comping on ukulele.
Registration information: BC Swing Camp website
Workshops & lectures in 2019
March 12 to April 16
Six week songwriting workshop “The Art Of Writing Songs”
Tuesday evenings, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Carleton University, Ottawa
Have you always wanted to write songs, but weren’t sure where to start? Each week, Diane will guide you through different ways of getting your creative juices flowing. You’ll tackle writing lyrics to an existing melody, setting poetry to music, and writing your own song from scratch, all in the style of your choice. Participants can work individually or collaboratively and will come away having worked on at least three songs. Participants will also have the opportunity to have one song performed in a friendly, positive, and supportive class environment. Please visit the Carleton University Learning in Retirement page.
This workshop is now FULL, but Carleton has opened a waiting list.
Monday, May 27
Saturday, June 15
Wednesday, July 31
Sat-Wed, Aug 17-21
Thu-Sun, Oct31-Nov 3
Fouinart Vocal Jazz Camp
Teaching bilingual workshops and master classes including: vocal improvisation (scatting), jazz harmony, phrasing, vocal arrangements, stagecraft etc.
Registration information: visit the Fouinart 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.