Mind Body Soul
Loueda Bleiler began receiving private piano lessons when she was four years old. She sang in front of her church congregation when she was eight and learned to harmonize at nine.
Born into a musical family, Loueda is a fifth-generation church organist. As a young child, her mother’s talent inspired her most.
“Playing music was tons of fun for me as a kid because it was something my mother and I did together,” said Loueda, SUNY CCC Associate Professor of Music. “She would always teach me songs in the car and bring her instruments out at home. She is the reason why I became a musician.”
In part, Louda loves music because it connects the mind, body, and soul.
“From a holistic sense, music is one of the few things that fully engages all three parts of our being,” said Loueda. “Music also has the ability to create special bonds between humans.”
When it came time to think about college Loueda knew she wanted to become an educator, as both of her parents were teachers.
“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn’t always know what kind,” said the Odessa-Montour Central School graduate. “Because I loved music, I decided to combine my two passions together and become a music teacher.”
Loueda’s favorite part about being a music teacher is helping her students grow and perfect their skills.
“I love to help young musicians become what they’ve always dreamed of being,” said Loueda.
When she isn’t teaching, Loueda enjoys traveling, especially if she has the opportunity to learn about different cultures and their music.
She recently traveled to New Orleans and Memphis, where she surrounded herself with jazz and blues music.
“Being able to experience the culture, visit the museums, and listen to the music in New Orleans and Memphis was amazing,” said Loueda. “I teach History of American Popular Music at SUNY CCC and now I can bring those experiences to class with me.”
To expand on her trip to New Orleans and Memphis, Loueda and her husband visited Ghana just last month, an experience she will also share with SUNY CCC students.
“Blues, jazz, and a lot of our African-American music traditions are rooted in West Africa,” said Loueda. “We had a marvelous time getting acquainted with the people, culture, history, and music of Ghana.”
Loueda is looking forward to the new things happening in the SUNY CCC music department, which includes partnerships with four-year colleges. An articulation agreement with SUNY Oswego has been signed, while one with Mansfield University is in its final stages.
“I am looking forward to these articulation agreements because they are going to help our students realize their career aspirations,” said Loueda. “These are amazing opportunities for our music students.”