This course will focus on the ney, the end-blown reed flute key to certain musical traditions of Turkey, Iran and the Arab world. We will approach technical issues such as sound production, balance through different harmonic registers, lip techniques, finger positioning, breath control, dynamic expression, microtone intonation and control, head movement, vibrato, articulation, and the relationship of the instrument with the voice. This aims to help students capture the expressiveness of the ney and its flexible timbre and intonation. This course is open to students playing different styles of ney, as well as other instrumentalists looking to translate the ney’s character to their instrument, or generally enhance their musicianship. Students should be comfortable on their instrument, familiar with the basics of a ney tradition, and able to play some pieces typical to that tradition. We will play pieces from Ottoman, Mevlevi, Turkish, Greek, Azeri and Iranian repertoires, and also place emphasis on new compositions in modal music, and improvising in these different contexts. We will focus on the following makamlar: Ussak, Hicaz, Muhayyer, and Buselik.