"Dr. Toni James shares her vast entrepreneurial skill sets with students" -Dr. Marian Liebowitz, Professor Emeritus of Music, San Diego State University
"Her virtuosity and vast knowledge mean there is no style of music she can't teach" -Masters student in piano performance (anon.)
"Great mentorship goes beyond acquiring musical, practical and professional skill sets. When she volunteers to help students with extra-curricular projects, she is not doing it to make a statement; she is doing it to make a difference" -Kevin Hernandez, Artistic and Executive Director San Diego Guitar Festival
"She is that rare combination of brilliant pianist and sensitive teacher" -Dr. Donna Brink Fox, Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs Eastman School of Music
"Developed and implemented high-impact educational practices that improved student access and success"
- San Diego State University 2018 Exceptional Service Award