Ms. Berakiah L. Boone
My name is Berakiah L. Boone and I will have the pleasure of teaching music to grades 3-5, directing Eagle Choir and PCS Soul Choir. I am excited to be a part of the PCS family and have a great year planned for our students. I am a proud mother of one, precious 8 year old son, who I’m sure will be around for concerts and such. I received my B.A. degree in music while attending Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. While at Spelman, I was a member of the world renowned, Spelman College Glee Club, and had the opportunity to perform on tour in many countries. After residing in Atlanta for 9 years, I relocated back to my hometown of St. Louis, where I had the pleasure of earning my M. Ed. from the University of Missouri St. Louis. While earning my M. Ed., I served as one of two music specialists at Lucas Crossing Elementary Complex for three years. While teaching, I obtained my music certification in vocal music for grades K-12.
I came to Premier Charter School after having served as the Director of Education for the St. Louis Symphony for two years. In that role, I was in charge of all the artistic programming and directing for the Family and Education Concerts at Powell Symphony Hall. I was also in charge of the Symphony In Your School program, in which I would contract STL Symphony Musicians to take part in a 6-8 week residency program, in which we would enter schools to work directly with students in the classroom.
I believe in the African adage, that it takes a village to raise a child and our classroom is governed as such. I live by the philosophy of Ubuntu, which is an ancient African word meaning “humanity to others.” It also means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” I have an open door policy and encourage parents to speak with me about helping your child reach their full musical potential. This offer extends far beyond the day-to-day tasks in the music room. If you have children that are interested in pursuing music lessons beyond the classroom, or older children who are considering music as a college major and later on, a career, and you are in need of referrals for lessons or advice, don’t hesitate to ask. I look forward to meeting and speaking with each one of you. Let’s make it a great year!