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Ethnomusicology: UW Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection

About the Collection


The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection houses over 400 musical instruments from around the world. Each year since the founding of the UW Ethnomusicology program in 1962, one or more international artists have been invited to the campus to share their musical traditions through teaching and performance. The musical instrument collection has grown over the years as the result of these residencies, and its make-up reflects the instrumental traditions of the artists who have been our guests. Additional donations have expanded the collection to its present size.

Search the Collection

Search collections in the UW Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection by entering a single search term, such as:

  • the name of an instrument (e.g., charango; biwa)
  • the name of an ensemble, genre, or tradition (e.g., gamelan; classical)
  • the country or area (e.g. India; Asia)
  • the Hornbostel-Sachs class (e.g., 321.32-71)
  • the material (e.g., horsehair; leather)

The basic search will produce images of matching items in the collection.
Click on an image for detailed information, including description, dimensions, accessories, condition, and related instruments.


Policies & Use


Alternatively, browse the collection using one of the following options: