Andrew Guo

11 May 2017

This is Andrew’s story. Take a read and witness how music education helped this Kollari student to not only become an excellent violinist, but also a budding entrepreneur. Thank you to Andrew for sharing his story. If you are a parent or student at Kollari and would like to share your story on our blog, email us at 

Andrew has been taking violin lessons with the Kollari Institute of Music for 7 years. Andrew received his level 8 RCM and has been a part of the yearly violin orchestra for 3 years. During this time here, he has developed skills in collaboration, creative thinking and confidence.

“During my time here, I’ve really developed the skills I need today. The confidence developed through performing has helped propel me to deliver better business presentations and learn to perform under pressure.” – Andrew Guo

After seeing the virtues that Mimosa and Yevi strive to instill in every student, that has encouraged Andrew to start his own tutoring business. Andrew started Simply Coded Learning Services in 2015, a computer programming tutoring service aimed at teaching kids how to program. “I want to provide a service that not only educates children but also help students develop leadership, initiative and hard-working skills to help prepare them for success” – Andrew Guo. Andrew still runs the business today, he teaches from Pierre Berton Library and his services aim to improve student’s problem solving and logical thinking skills. Parents can signup their children at


Andrew is now pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He was part of the winning team for the 2017 BDO New Venture Competition, Pacifica Plastics. Andrew was also a semi-finalist for the Kik Live Case Competition. Andrew was also featured in Laurier business’ year in review article Lazaridis School students once again show they are leaders of tomorrow

Andrew also volunteers as a business mentor for the Summer Company program at the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre to help upstarting entrepreneurs start their own business.

“Kollari’s passion for music and dedication continues to foster great performers and help develop the skills for students to succeed” – Andrew Guo