Academic Dean of Fine Arts
High School Music Teacher
Teaches: Guitar 1, 2, & 3, Bluegrass Band, Worship Arts
Join Ben Lippen Team: 2011
Education: Geneva College – Bachelor of Music degree; University of South Carolina – Master of Music with an emphasis in Classical Guitar Performance
Mr. Essig joined the Ben Lippen faculty in Fall 2011 as director of the guitar and worship arts program. Under Mr. Essig’s leadership, the guitar curriculum expanded to four sections in just two years. Mr. Essig has been teaching guitar for over ten years and enjoys teaching and performing in the Columbia area. Mr. Essig has given recitals at the University of South Carolina, the Columbia Guitar Society, Geneva College, Columbia International University, and has given performances at various weddings and events. Mr. Essig specializes in classical guitar and contemporary worship styles. His teaching philosophy consists of helping students experience the power and creativity of God through an in-depth understanding of music. Mr. Essig emphasizes the importance of technique, music theory, interpretation, repertoire, and musicianship in order to inspire and prepare students for creativity and excellence. Mr. Essig received his Masters of Music in guitar performance from the University of South Carolina under the instruction of Christopher Berg and a B.A. in Guitar Performance from Geneva College. As an instructor, Mr. Essig has given lessons and masterclasses at many venues in the Columbia area including the Carolina Music Academy, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, New Kirk Presbyterian Church, Columbia Crossroads Northeast, and Columbia International University.
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