Research Collections

Specialized research and instrument collections enrich learning and artistry at SMTD. Explore the resources we have on campus to support your performance and research interests. Learn more about the U-M Library offerings in Music, Theatre & Dance, as well as the broader Arts and Humanities.

Music Library

The Music Library supports performers, teachers, and researchers from around the world. Visit us to explore our extensive collection of musical scores, books, recordings, historical sheet music, and more.

Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

Comprised of over 2,500 pieces of historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world, the collection is available to scholars and performers, and its many instruments are heard frequently in public performances and discussed in depth through lectures.

Javanese Gamelan

First acquired in 1966, the Stearns Collection’s complete Javanese gamelan today comprises seventy-five gongs, percussion and other instruments, and has become an integral part of the teaching and performance of world musics.