Shari studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto then continued with her music studies at McMaster University (Hamilton) and York University (Toronto). She started out with classical piano and ended up focusing on improvisation. In the end, she received pieces of paper: a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as a Diploma in Music Performance in classical piano. Shari has been teaching piano and music theory to children and adults since the early 2000s. Working with a children's musical theatre group as musical director and piano accompanist has been a highlight of Shari's musical career; she especially enjoyed participating in Anne Butler's production of Jack the Ripper — musical for children.