Shirley is known as a keen educator. She is Head of Performance at City University, where she teaches Cello, Jazz and Improvisation, Chamber Music and Practical Musicianship.
She also lectures for both City and Kent Universities in Music History, Performance Practice, Jazz History, Composition, Orchestration and Arrangement, and teaches Improvisation and Musicianship at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Shirley presents a range of workshops in Improvisation, Middle Eastern Music, Musicianship and Professional Development for Teachers.
She has given workshops and short courses for Benslow Music, Chethams School of Music, Goldsmiths University, Guidlhall School of Music, Trinity Laban, Kent University, Manchester University, and Jazzlines.
She is also a Visiting Tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective.
Shirley also runs the Beyond Cello Division of the London Cello Society and is a Senior Tutor for their GoCello programme.
She also gives Professional Development sessions for teachers, specialising in developing improvisational skills and jazz/world music teaching.
Shirley also gives individual lessons, in both classical performance, and also jazz/improvisation skills for both performers,
She works with students at a range of ages and levels, developing a personalised plan to help the student achieve their goals.