"I began playing the cello in third grade, and at first I sounded like I was trying to push an angry cat through a wooden box, but this changed quite quickly once I began taking lessons with Alicia. Alicia was the best teacher I could hoped to have had and now I am playing solos with my orchestra and have carried the cello through to college. She is a master of teaching in the Suzuki method and by the end of my years with her I was finished with all ten books of the Suzuki series. Anyone would be lucky to have her as their teacher and I can wholeheartedly say that without her I would have probably stopped playing the cello not too long after I took it up."
- Liam Holland, Georgia Tech
"I am the mother of one of Alicia's cello students, and am also a violin teacher who is extremely picky about choosing music teachers for my own children. My "focus challenged" ADHD son started Suzuki cello lessons with Alicia when he was 8 years old, and under her kind, but persistent and meticulous tutelage progressed to become principal cello of the Tennessee All State orchestra in high school. He is now a cello performance major at a university well- known for its music program. As a college freshman, he is principal cello of the undergraduate orchestra. I attribute much of his success to Alicia's demanding but loving expertise as a Suzuki teacher. We are both lucky to have had the experience of working with her."
- Susan S., mother of Alex, Florida State University scholarship recipient
"I'm really glad Mikala mentioned you in her bio. We've often remarked when attending a student cello performance how lucky Mikala was to have you set her up with her cello at the beginning. She plays with ease and comfort so that the cello seems an extension of her own body. We both remember the airplane exercise for promoting movement and relaxation when playing. Mikala uses it, as well as "I love my little cello", with her own students today. You were infinitely patient with a little girl who was too shy to talk to her teacher. As Mikala learned to trust and eventually love you, she came out of her shell and blossomed into the relaxed performer she is today. Throughout her training with you Mikala reviewed and improved pieces she had previously learned, thus improving her ear and her sense of striving for ever-elusive perfection in her playing. When she is playing in the Philadelphia area (and even at Aspen), people will ask Mikala if she was a former student of Alicia Randisi - it's the question that comes before the compliment on her grace, power and ease with her instrument. Thank you for your dedication to your students. As the years pass and I meet other teachers and their students I realize how exceptional and rare your teaching talent is."
- Sandra S., mother of Mikala, Oberlin 2010, Masters Degree Fellowship graduate, Cleveland Institute of Music and cellist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra