He also conducts workshops and lectures inside and outside Belgium.
Being educated as a classical violinist, Shalan applies methodical approach to Arabic violin. In the workshops, several fundamental concepts are explained and illustrated: Maqams, theory, history, forms, ornaments and of course, improvisations (Taksim).
Violin played and has been playing a main role in Arabic music since the Arabic ensemble (Takht) was settled as the typical formula. Solo violin or violin sections were essential in music of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine and Turkey.