Music SO Simple offers instrument instruction in Richardson

Music SO Simple owner Stathia Orwig gives 6-year-old student Sophia Nguyen a piano lesson. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Music SO Simple owner Stathia Orwig gives 6-year-old student Sophia Nguyen a piano lesson. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Music SO Simple owner Stathia Orwig gives 6-year-old student Sophia Nguyen a piano lesson. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Amid shutdowns, instructors organized elaborate setups to teach students from home. (Courtesy Music SO Simple)
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Students are socially distanced for piano lessons at Music SO Simple. (Courtesy Music SO Simple)
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Owner Stathia Orwig teaches piano at Music SO Simple. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Students can take piano, guitar, violin, flute and voice lessons at Music SO Simple. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Music SO Simple was named after a philosophy that owner Stathia Orwig uses when teaching music gets overwhelming.

“Things just kind of started getting really busy,” Orwig said of a previous job at a music school. “I wanted to get back to just private lessons and just music.”

In addition, the two capital letters in the middle of the name are in honor of her initials, Orwig said.

After starting with just one other teacher in 2016, Music SO Simple now has 11 instructors. The business offers lessons in piano, flute, guitar, voice and violin out of the studio Orwig opened in Richardson’s Arapaho Station development on Plano Road in 2018. Orwig said she has been “really picky” in choosing her staff, noting that she wanted to make sure she hired people she knew and would trust teaching her own children.

Like many small businesses, Music SO Simple struggled through the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying stay-at-home orders. The business lost about 15 students who were not interested in virtual lessons; however, the remaining students ended up enjoying the virtual option, and Orwig said instructors conducted around 200 more lessons over the summer than they had in previous summers.

“[Virtual lessons] taught us—and it still teaches us, because about 50% of our students are still virtual—as teachers to really communicate what we are needing to do,” said Orwig, who also teaches piano at the school. “What’s great for the students is that we’ve learned to really get good at our directions, but they’ve had to get really good at listening.”

The school even hosted a pair of virtual recitals for its students in May and December. After the first concert proved to be stressful for some students, Orwig decided to keep the December recital simple.

“Some kids wore PJs; some invited family members to dance or play a simple instrument while they did their instrument,” she said. “We had a little contest, and we had over 200 votes. It was really fun.”

Music SO Simple
1144 Plano Road, Ste. 142, Richardson


Hours: Mon.-Fri. 2-7 p.m. and by appointment

By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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