Shirley graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with Masters of Arts (Merit) in 2015. She also achieved Bachelor of Music (1st class Hons) from Royal Welsh College of Music and Design in 2014. She is also a multi-instrumentalist with an ABRSM grade 8 in piano.
Among her accomplishments include winning the Kenneth Smith Flute Prize in 2011, attending the Oxford flute summer school in 2011 and the William Bennett International Flute Summer school in 2013.
Her teaching experience started from 2010, privately coaching flute and piano students in the UK and Singapore. Between 2006 to 2009, She also tutored the flute section for the following secondary school bands: Nan Chiau High school, Seng Kang Secondary School, Pasir Ris Secondary School.