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


Ukulele Workshop: Bossa nova techniques for pop songs


1pm to 3pm, Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone, Ottawa

Price: $25. For registration information, please follow this link to Alcorn Music here.

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. To receive instructor feedback & tips, participants must use a webcam.

June 26 – 28


Midwest Uke Camp


Olivet, Michigan. Registration information: Midwest Uke Camp website

Saturday, July 11


Vocal improvisation one-day workshop


All day Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone, Ottawa

Please sign up here to receive more information

Aug 9 – 15


B.C. Swing Camp


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



The Science of Sound: An Evening of Fun with the Physics of Music


6pm, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Registration is now open on the Carleton LinR website here.

Saturday, June 15


Workshop: Ukelele for singers


12 noon to 3pm, Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone, Ottawa

For registration information, please follow this link to Alcorn Music here.

Wednesday, July 31


Vocal improvisation master class


1pm to 2pm, Carleton University Jazz Camp

For registration information, please visit the Carleton University Jazz Camp website.

Sat-Wed, Aug 17-21


Strathmore Uke Fest


Guest instructor for: Vocal jazz improvisation parts 1 and 2, Performance & presentation, Intro to bossa nova comping

Registration information: strathmore.org

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.