Oxana was classically trained in Kazan, Russia she received her BA in both Piano and Music Theory from the Kazan Music College and her MA from the Kazan State Conservatory. Oxana began teaching piano, history, and theory of music while living in Russia. Since moving to Connecticut she has continued her music education by participating in piano performance classes and attending master classes at Yale School of Music. Oxana has been a member of the Thames Valley Music School faculty since 2002. Aside from her teaching at the Thames Valley Music School Mrs. Lauria provides private piano lessons and does accompaniment work with local musicians. Oxana is currently the vice president Middlesex/New London chapter of the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association and is the chairperson and organizer of the New London Piano Festival since 2010. Oxana’s approach to teaching piano is to blend what she feels are the most beneficial aspects of both the European and American methods of instruction. Mrs. Lauria relies on her extensive experience to tailor a learning program for each student and she encourages her students to participate in piano competitions, festivals and theory tests. Several of her students have gone on to pursue careers in music. Oxana’s students are always among the top scorers in the US. Chapter of the Canadian Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Based on the top scores in the state several of her students were selected by the Canadian Royal Conservatory and enjoyed the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center NYC.