Sally Beck

Biography


Biography
Sally is a freelance flautist and flute teacher based in Cologne, Germany.  Born in the UK, Sally studied for her Bachelor degree at the Royal Academy of Music and has appeared with orchestras including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Neue Philharmonie West Falen, La Orquesta Filharmonica de Santiago and London Contemporary Orchestra. After time spent as an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre, Canada, Sally moved to Cologne to study for a Masters degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln where, alongside orchestral performance, she continued to develop her interest in the performance of contemporary music, founding the contemporary music ensemble BRuCH in 2013.

As a performer Sally focuses on chamber music and enjoys exploring different styles of music, feeling at home playing modern and folk music as well as traditional classical repertoire.  Teaching forms an important part of Sally's work and since 2016 she has been on the teaching faculty at the Hochschule Für Musik und Tanz Köln. She also works as an examiner of Grade Exams for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Sally is also a trained yoga teacher and gives classes online for musicians. See the yoga for musicians section below for more information!

Projects


BRuCH

Ensemble for Contemporary Music

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Salabanda

Eclectic music for flute and bass.

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Meticharos

Folk music from around the world

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Duo Noble

Flute duet

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Music Player


Teaching


Sally has many years of experience teaching the flute to students of wide-ranging ages and abilities.  She has taught privately and in music schools in both England and Germany and also enjoys leading music workshops and student ensembles. Whether teaching complete beginners or more experienced flute players Sally's approach to teaching is very personable, always focused on the individual and tailored to suit each student's learning needs and musical tastes.

Sally has been on the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln since 2016 where she teaches flute to students studying music pedagogy.  She also teaches pupils of all levels privately in Köln. From beginners to advanced students preparing for university entrance exams, all enthusiastic students are welcome!  Please do not hesitate to make contact for more information.
Teaching

Yoga for Musicians


Yoga for Musicians
As a professional flautist I know just how important it is for musicians to look after their bodies and minds. To maintain the physical shape needed to be able to perform at the highest level for years, despite the grueling toll playing an instrument can take, is an aspect of musical training that is often neglected until problems or pain occur. Yoga is a great method for learning how to take care of the physical and mental aspects of our health.  By using movement and breath together - an alliance already used by many of us daily in our playing – yoga can help regain flexibility, improve posture and alleviate pain, creating an ease of movement and awareness that can help us learn how to use our bodies in the most ergonomic way. Alongside these physical benefits, yoga also helps to improve focus and relieve stress - aspects that are equally as important in maintaining a healthy career.

I first discovered yoga in 2013 whilst I was studying and on the search for better flute playing posture. Since then I have delved deep into the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and found that it has helped many aspects of my career and daily life in ways I never expected. I trained to be a Hatha Yoga teacher in 2019 in Rishikesh in India and continue to learn Ashtanga Yoga with my teacher in Cologne.

My classes and online resource have been designed to share what I have learnt with other musicians, with the understanding of exactly what we put our bodies and minds through in a career in music. I hope they can help you to take care of yourself.

Scroll down for more information and access to my online yoga resource for musicians, with videos featuring yoga poses, stretches and sequences especially made to help musicians. To join me online for a class simply use the yoga class booking page below to book your spot! 

Yoga Videos and Info


Before you start

Before you start

Here are a few things that might be helpful before you take part in a yoga class or follow a video.

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Shoulder-opening stretch

Shoulder-opening stretch

This is a great way to open up across the front of the shoulders and across the chest, counteracting exactly the forward movement of the arms and inward rotation of the shoulders which playing many instruments involves.

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Shoulder Opener - Thread the Needle

Shoulder Opener - Thread the Needle

This posture opens the shoulders, stretches the upper chest and has a twisting element to it too. I find twists particularly relieving, maybe because, as a flute player, I’ve spent years playing in an asymmetrical posture and twists help neutralise the spine…perfect!

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Eagle Arms Shoulder Stretch

Eagle Arms Shoulder Stretch

For some quick relief from shoulder and neck discomfort, this posture is great because it can be done anywhere. Sitting on a chair is absolutely fine for this one!

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Why is the breath so important in yoga?

Why is the breath so important in yoga?

Have you ever wondered why we talk about breath so much when doing yoga? Find out more about it in this article.

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