University of Hartford Libraries

Musical Instruments Subject Guide


The History of Musical Instruments
By Curt Sachs. Allen Library Stacks [ML460 S12]

New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 3 vols.
Edited by Stanley Sadie. Allen Library Permanent Reserves [PERMRES ML102 I5 N]

The Oxford Companion to Musical Instruments
By Anthony Baines. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 I5 O]

Subject Headings

Brass instruments

Keyboard instruments

Musical instruments

Percussion instruments

Stringed instruments

Wind instruments

Woodwind instruments


General Resources

American Musical Instrument Society
List of online resources, collections of musical instruments, histories of musical instrument makers, AMIS newsletters from 2000-, etc.

National Music Museum
Includes more than 13,500 American, European, and non-Western instruments from all cultures and periods.

World Music

Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
A resource about instruments from around the world. Site can be browsed by type of instrument or geographic origin, or search the database by instrument, maker, material, or description.

Virtual Instrument Museum
Online access to the Wesleyan World Instrument Museum. Gives information about each instrument's history, tuning, technique, notation, context, etc.
This site is down as of 12/21/2017.

The web version of this document can be found online at Instruments