Shirley Lum holds a MBA in Marketing and Finance for non-profit arts groups, a BA in Music History and Theory, and an ARCT in Violin Performance. Her principal teachers include Douglas Stewart and Gerald Jarvis. At Indiana University, she studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zwieg and violin masterclasses with Franco Gulli.
Shirley maintains a large violin and theory studio in Vancouver. Her violin students have won numerous RCM silver medals and awards from local, regional and national competitions. Her theory students have completed all ARCT RCM theoretical requirements by age 11.