The graduated music teacher and oboist Thomas Grosse was born in Hameln. He studied music education and artistic instruction with oboe as his main subject with Prof. Klaus Becker at Hannover University of Music and Drama. Afterwards, he held teaching and management roles at music schools and played as an oboist in various orchestras. He also taught oboe as a lecturer at the University of Hildesheim. In 1998, he was appointed professor of “Aesthetic Communication with a Focus on Music” at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Hannover. From 1999 to 2003, Thomas Grosse headed the Department of Social Studies as Dean. During this period, he also took on teaching assignments for music education and musicology in the Department II (Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Practice) of the University of Hildesheim.

In 2006, Thomas Grosse obtained a doctorate from Hannover University of Music and Drama on the subject of “Instrumental group tuition at music schools using the example of the Federal State of Lower Saxony”. From 2006 to 2008, he supported the integration of the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Hannover into Hannover University in his role as Academic Dean of the Department of Social Work and was then Dean of the Faculty V until 2011.In his expert opinions and research projects, he dealt with questions of aesthetic education in childhood and musical offerings in social fields of work.

Thomas Grosse is a member of working groups in music education and aesthetic education and works as a lecturer with a focus on “Making music with heterogeneous teaching groups” in the field of professional further education. He has published scientific articles in specialist publications on music education and on music in social work. From 2012 to 2017, he worked as a module representative in the master’s course “musik.welt – Kulturelle Diversität in der musikalischen Bildung” ( – Cultural Diversity in Music Education) at the University of Hildesheim Foundation. In 2018, he was Chairman of the jury of the 8th University Competition for Music Education.

After his first term of office, which started in 2014, the Senate of Detmold University of Music confirmed Thomas Grosse as Rector for a further term of office starting in the winter semester 2020/2021 in December 2019. He is Spokesman of the Rectors’ Conference of the Universities of Music and Art in NRW, Deputy Chairman of the Studienfonds OWL Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the JeKits Foundation as well as of the Advisory Board of the Foundation of Detmold University of Music, a member of the Board of Directors of Digitale Hochschule NRW, of the Advisory Board of Forum Lied, of the Advisory Board of the “Jugend musiziert” project, of the alumni association of Detmold University of Music, of the Advisory Board of the  Standortsicherung Kreis Lippe Foundation as well as an appointed member of the synod of Lippische Landeskirche.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Grosse 
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