World Harmony—Musical Instruments From Around the World

June 28 –December 2009

Is music a universal language? What is an instrument? What is considered beautiful music?

Display case of membranophones.

Every culture in the world makes music - there is a great diversity of traditions, as well as many commonalities. Explore musical instruments from many continents and learn about the people who use them and the role music plays in their cultures. Watch videos of master musicians demonstrating instruments from India, Ireland, Japan, Zimbabwe and Oregon. Dr. Mark Levy, guest Curator for this exhibit, is an instructor of ethnomusicology at the UO School of Music and Dance.

See some of the musical instruments from the Museum's collections which were featured in this exhibit in the World Harmony web gallery.