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Welcome to Gateway Music

  • Our Mission:

    We believe that music education is fundamental to our student's education and must be available to all. We strive to offer the highest quality music instruction and performance opportunities for students of all ages, and create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. We seek to nurture the creativity of our students and enrich the education of students through the study and practice of music. We commit to fostering positive, life-changing experiences that will impact student growth and achievement, and deliver tools and resources necessary to assist students and staff in achieving their goals.

    Our Programs:

    At Gateway, students receive instruction in music theory, sight-reading, music history, music appreciation, songwriting and performance. The choral music selections range throughout all genres of musical history and encompass a broad variety of cultural and popular styles. Choir students are expected to participate daily in rehearsals and perform for all community and UIL events scheduled throughout the school year.

    Our Choirs:
    Westinghouse Dy-Namx - Swing-Jazz Choir: Grades 8-12 (auditioned)
    Camerata - High School Choir: Grades 9-12 Mixed
    Bel Canto - Middle School Choir: Grades 7-8 - Girls (Treble Choir)
    Vivace - Middle School Choir: Grades 7-8 - Boys (Bass Choir)
    Bella Voci 6 - Intermediate School Choir: Grade 6 Mixed

    Our Elementary students (K-4) receive classroom music lessons based mostly on the method created by Zoltan Kodaly, as we teach a choral-based music program at Gateway. Each grade level performs for parents and the community one time throughout the school year, and the training during the lessons prepares our students for advance music courses and performances as they get older.

    The 5th grade music class consists of study in four main areas: voice, piano, drums, and guitar. They will study (for all instruments) sight-reading, ear training, intervals, rhythm, ensemble playing/singing, theory, and much more. Contact Ms. Kelly Marcades for more information.



Degrees and Certifications:

Kelly Marcades

Kelly is bringing beautiful music to the Gateway campus! A native of Phenix City, Alabama, Kelly earned her Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Baptist College of Florida and has performed graduate work in the Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest, North Carolina.

An accomplished singer/performer, she has played "Amahl" in "Amahl and the Night Visitors", a soprano arias in Mozart's "Requiem" and soprano parts in Handel's "Messiah" and Mozart's "Solemn Vespers." She also played Barbara Allen in "Dark of the Moon." She's even recorded a collection of songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

She began her music teaching career leading church choirs and a children's ministry. She also taught 3rd grade, high school literature and grammar, as well as speech and drama.  She taught middle school choir in Odessa, Texas.

Kelly is married to Michael Marcades, Ph.D. and the couple has seven grown children between them and four grandchildren. They reside in Georgetown with their three dogs.

Teamm photo of music department
group photo of elementary choir students dressed as Santa.
Jazz Choir performs at retirement home
Group photo of school choir during concert.
MS choir girl with finger to mouth.