Matt Temple

Music and Theatre Faculty, Music and Theatre Department Leadership

Winnetka Campus

Music and Theatre
385 Winnetka Ave Winnetka, IL 60093 Phone: 847-784-6700

Matt Temple was appointed Director of Bands at New Trier High School in 2007. He conducts the curricular Freshman Concert Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Varsity Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. His extracurricular groups include Pep Band, Solo/Ensemble, Pit Orchestra for the Fresh/Soph Musical, and Lagniappe, New Trier's student-written musical. In 2008, he wrote a comprehensive wind ensembles curriculum that guides student instruction throughout the program. Mr. Temple earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in conducting from Eastern Illinois University. He also completed an additional master's degree in educational leadership through Aurora University.

Under Mr. Temple's direction, the New Trier Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at this year's Illinois Music Education Conference on February 1, 2020. He has previously led them in performances at the 2015 NBA Director's Workshop, 2012 Midwest Clinic, 2010 Western Illinois University Showcase of Bands, 2009 Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and the 2008 and 2009 University of Illinois Superstate Festivals In 2014, the New Trier band department received national recognition as an inaugural recipient of the "Blue Ribbon Award" for Programs of Excellence from the National Band Association. Prior to his appointment at New Trier, Mr. Temple served as the Fine Arts Chair at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, from 2000-2007, and as the music director at Flora High School from 1994-1998.

Mr. Temple is a Contributing Editor for The Instrumentalist and completed a four-year term on the Advisory Committee for the Music Educator's Journal . He is currently serving as the North Central Division Chair on the Board of Directors for the National Band Association. Mr. Temple is a co-founding member and current President of the Illinois committee for Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP). In 2015, Mr. Temple was recognized by his colleagues with the "Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award" presented by the Quinlan and Fabish Music Company. He is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the honorary society, Phi Beta Mu.

Mr. Temple has presented clinic sessions at the Indiana and Illinois State Music Conferences, as well as the Midwest Clinic in 2014 and 2018. Presentations have included, "Analyzing for Meaning," " Student-Centered Instruction in a Band Rehearsal ," " Writing Innovative Curricula for Performance-Based Classes ," and "The Impact of Music Selection on Student Learning." Mr. Temple has also presented at Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and Ball State University. He frequently serves as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States.


  • Temple, M.B. (2019). Teaching Comprehensively. Illinois Music Educator, 79 (3), pages 37-39.
  • Temple, M.B. (2018). Becoming a Facilitator, NBA Journal, 58 (4), pages 19-20.
  • Temple, M. B. (2018). Strange, Special Air. The Instrumentalist, 72 , (9), page 2.
  • Temple, M. B. (2017). Expressive Phrasing. The Instrumentalist, 71 , (1), pages 22-24.
  • Temple, M. B. (2017). Out with the Old. The Instrumentalist, 71 , (1), pages 2-4.
  • Temple, M. B. (2016). A Partnership with Percussionists. The Instrumentalist, 70 , (9), pages 20-21.
  • Temple, M. B. (2016). A Non-Competitive Performance Opportunity . NBA Journal , 56 , (4), 50-51.
  • Temple, M. B. (2015). Toward a Philosophy of Music Making. NBA Journal , 55 , (2), pages 51-52.
  • Temple, M. B. (2015). Protecting your Hearing. The Instrumentalist, 69 , (11), pages 2-3.
  • Temple, M. B. (2014). Concise Definitions of Basic Concepts. The Instrumentalist, 69, (1), pages 8-9.
  • Temple, M. B. (2013). Student for a Day. The Instrumentalist, 68, (4), pages 2-4.
  • Temple, M. B. (2013). Understanding Intonation. The Instrumentalist, 68, (2), pages 16-21.
  • Temple, M. B. (2012). Mark Music Effectively. The Instrumentalist, 66, (9), pages 28-30, 44.
  • Temple, M. B. (2010). Giving Music Students a Look at the Future. The Instrumentalist, 65 (5), pages 44-45.
  • Temple, M. B. (2010). Teaching Students to Listen. The Instrumentalist, 64, (7), pages 22-26 .
  • Temple, M. B. (2009). Musical Warm-Ups. The Instrumentalist, 64, (5), pages 16-20, 50.