Ney Lessons

Instrument Ney
Length 30 / 45 / 60 minutes
Age +9 years
Locations Online
Start Date Throughout The Year
Term 4 Lessons/1 Month or 12 Lessons/3 Month or 24 Lessons/6 Month
Admissions Open admission
Genre Iranian- Style, Traditional, Folk

Ney is one of the main instruments in Iranian traditional music. The ney has been played continually for 4,500–5,000 years, making it one of the oldest musical instruments still in use. This instrument is unique as it is directly taken from nature, which makes its sound warm and close to the heart. The ney is an air-blown flute made of reed plant. It has five finger-holes in the front and one thumb-hole in the back with a brass cover on either the top or both ends of the instrument. The ney is suitable for both solo performances and accompaniments. It can “sing” melodies without words and instill discipline in the player that goes beyond music into everyday life.

Learn how to play Persian ney through one of our comprehensive methods that takes you through a progressive approach addressing technique, musicality, and so much more.

Program Information

The Farabius Academy of Music provides one-on-one instruction and group sessions on multiple Iranian instruments. All students are taught basic instrumental technique, posture, technical exercises, radif* and playing Persian repertoires.

Each online ney lesson takes place between one teacher and one student for either 30, 45 or 60 minutes. For children's sessions, parents can attend their child's classes.

*Radif is a collection of 300-350 melodic pieces, each one up to 3 minutes in length, used as a basis for improvisation.


Our goal is to develop students’ talents to the highest musical and professional levels through private lessons and master classes. Creating the correct foundation for technique and appropriate repertoire is of utmost importance. Our amazing ney faculty takes care of utilizing elements of different teaching methods that work best for each student. Beginner students start with the fundamentals, like how to hold the ney correctly, how to get sound out of it, breath control, finger placement, reading music, rhythm, and learning simple songs. Intermediate and advanced students continue to progress with increased proficiency in techniques and significant Persian repertoire. Our Ney Class covers the following subjects:

  • Note reading and recognition
  • Iranian traditional ornaments
  • Counting, rhythm reading
  • Technique (staccato and trill)
  • Rudiments of Theory
  • Memorization
  • Ear training

Levels / Ages offered:

the Farabius Academy of Music provides online private ney study at all levels and ages. Students in private study can learn with no prior experience all the way to extensive professional experience, and we will ensure you have an enjoyable experience. We provide a wide range and variety of learning styles and difficulty levels for our students to make sure each individual can grow at their own pace.


Selecting repertoire is one of the most challenging and important tasks that we take on in the development of our students’ musical education. Students at all levels will be given a selection of repertoire from multiple eras of music (Traditional, Folk) to study and perfect.


  • No skills required; you can be a beginner student
  • You will need a ney
  • The most important part of music study takes place at home; the more you practice, the better you will be
  • Get excited about learning ney, as an inspired learner learns faster and easier

Important Facts & FAQs

  • Highly recommended for students of 9 years or older
  • Offered, but less recommended for students 8 years or younger
  • Extremely useful for children and adult learners
  • The most effective format for learning technique, traditional repertoire and radif

Ney Lessons Teacher

Kianoush Khalilian

Multi Level

Languages Spoken: English, Farsi