The Wesleyan World Music Collection contains over three hundred instruments. Currently 140 have been added to the Virtual Instrument Museum, and more are being added every day. For easy browsing, the site organizes the instruments in several different ways:

All of these pages lead to individual instrument pages. Here you will see media and text documentation of each instrument.

Instrument Pages

For each instrument, we are creating media such as audio recordings, video showing how the instrument is played, and images of the instrument. For many of the instruments, there are QTVR movies, that allow you to virtually spin the instrument, and see it from 360 degrees. To view these movies, as well as the audio and video, you will need the Quicktime plugin. We will be continuing to add media to these pages, so check back often.

The curators are working with Wesleyan faculty and students to write descriptions of each instrument, covering the following topics:

In addition, the instruments are cataloged with the following information (when available)

This information can rendered in a printer friendly format by clicking the button at the top right corner of the description.





This site is built for the following browsers: Internet Explorer 5 and 6 , Netscape 7, Mozilla 1.5 , Safari 1.0.2, Opera 7.23

Audio Files

MP3 player such as:

Quicktime Player (Mac and PC)
Winamp (Mac and PC)
XMMS (Unix based OS's)

Standard players that come with Macs and PCs such as itunes for OSX and Windows Media Player for Windows will play mp3 audio files as well.

Video Clips

All videos are in Quicktime format (.mov).

Quicktime Player (Mac and PC)

Small versions for dial-up connections are available for download in MPEG1 format. All larger versions are streaming.


QTVR - 360 degree movies

Quicktime Player (Mac and PC)

Interactive Map and Home Page

Flash Player (Mac and PC)

The map is a flash application. It runs best on newer machines. We recommend the following configurations (or better):
PC: 800MHz, 256K RAM
Mac: G4 850 MHz





We welcome your feedback and comments. We hope to revise this site in the future, after more instruments are added, and we see how it is utilized.
Please send comments to (please put VIM in the subject heading).
Thank you.