With all the different ways out there to learn how to play your favorite music, why choose us? The reason is that we offer a theory-based music performance program for musicians of all ages to develop and grow as players. We teach ear training and use popular hits across many genres to get the point across - reason being, it’s music you love that will make you want to play. And when you’re ready, we put you on stage at the club venues that made Las Vegas famous.
We aren’t a conservatory, but we do believe that understanding some theory will help you elevate your play, whether you want to play a face-melting solo or write your first song. So we partnered with a brilliant professor at the University of Dayton to offer our musicians a fun little theory book that will help you along. Written in graphic novel format at an elementary school level, it covers the history of music and important concepts in a way that’s easy to understand. The contents are closely aligned with concepts covered at the middle school level in Clark County School District, so this material presents a great introduction especially for elementary school students.
Bottom line is, we want you and your family to have fun playing music – it’s a skill that grows with the player and provides a lifetime of enjoyment. Stop by and check us out - you’ll be glad you did!
Jason Couchman is an introductory vocal and guitar instructor, co-founder and Managing Director at RSG. He's been singing as long as he can remember and started playing guitar in 2015. In addition to giving introductory vocal lessons, Jason's job is to ensure the music team at RSG has everything they need to deliver a top-notch learning experience for our students. Prior to co-founding RSG with Doug Bond, Jason spent over 20 years working in creative services and management, including the last 14 years as a technology executive at Global Experience Specialists (GES), one of the world's largest agency companies as ranked by Ad Age Magazine. Prior to GES, Jason spent seven years pursuing his passion for creativity and education by authoring 14 award-winning books on preparing for Oracle database certification exams, published by McGraw-Hill. Jason has a Masters in Business from Columbia Business School and a Bachelors in English from Vassar College.
Max Simon is a bass instructor at RSG, as well as core and show band director. Max has been playing bass for 10 years, and currently plays bass for Leona X. Max holds the highest standards of every student that enters his room, and strives to help each and every student achieve their goals and flourish musically.
Alexandra Rollwitz is a vocal instructor at Ready Set Gig. Her passion for performing began at the age of eight, when she joined the school choir. She continued that passion throughout high school, joining dance and musical theatre. She expanded her repertoire, figure skating for two years, prior to joining School of Rock. After four years of performance experience at SOR, Alexandra graduated and formed her own band, Until The Eclipse, with her brother, Ian. Her band has performed at numerous venues including; The Hard Rock Cafe, Count’s Vamp’d, The House of Blues, and Club 172 inside the Rio. As the lead singer, she has written four original songs, two which are currently on ITunes, and one being aired on an internet radio station. You can also find Alexandra singing on a rap video by S.Mielz called “Be Free.” She is excited to be part of the RSG family and looks forward to working with the students to expand their vocal abilities.
Ernie Rodrigues is one of our guitar and vocal instructors here at RSG. He has been immersed in music for 15 years, and aims to utilize his musical talent and experiences with each of his students. When he isn’t dedicating his time and talents being an accomplished and dedicated music instructor, Ernie spends his time playing and singing with his band SicociS, which has allowed him the opportunity to tour and perform internationally.
Doug Bond is co-founder and Director of Operations at RSG. Doug showed strong musical aptitude early in life, and by age 16 he was touring as a drummer for jazz legend Chick Corea as a member of Chick’s band. Doug is also an accomplished lead guitarist and singer with numerous studio recordings, collaborations, and performance residencies at the club level to his credit. He also has nearly a decade of experience growing and managing music education programs in southern Nevada, for well-known brands like Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp and School of Rock. Doug’s motto of “Reach All Who Want To Learn” resonates well with musicians of all levels, especially children, and is well-complemented by his degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Phoenix.
Nate Yeasley is a drum instructor at RSG. He's been playing drums since the age of 8. In addition to his instruction at RSG, Nate is an active musician playing around Las Vegas and beyond, encompassing a wide variety of styles. Nate holds a Master of Music degree from UNLV and a Bachelor of Art in Music from CSU Bakersfield.
Alex Velasquez is a bass instructor for Ready Set Gig. In 2010, he was brought to his first guitar lesson, and now it’s impossible to picture him taking the stage without a bass in hand. Through teaching intermediate bass lessons and leading Opening Acts classes, Alex strives to create a strong musical foundation that enables future musicians to reach their full potential. He has a fundamental “practice makes perfect” mentality with music, doesn’t back down from a challenge or something new, and hopes to draw from everything he’s picked up over the years to benefit his students. Alex’s background has been in administrative work assisting other music programs, helping coordinate charity events, and always putting on a good performance with his band The Undecyded. Right now, he’s pursuing a major in Philosophy at UNLV and has plans to study entertainment law. But if you see him, feel free to pick his brain about his basses, music equipment, camera/recording gear, you name it!
Michael Thueson is an instructor for DJ, guitar, piano/keys, and drums at Ready Set Gig. He has played drums extensively for over 15 years covering every aspect of play, ranging from full kit studio play to walking snare in competitive drumline and everything in between. Michael has experience playing guitar, bass and songwriting in several bands and studied music theory at the university level. Michael’s experience teaching DJ includes use of all the leading products such as Serato, djay PRO, and Rekordbox. Michael is trained on music production using Native Instruments tools as well.
Kadence Walter is our Assistant Manager, who’s been singing since she was 8 years old. Kadence helps Jason and Doug manage the school by ensuring the music team at RSG has everything they need to deliver a top-notch learning experience for our students. From balancing the schedule to printing music for the students, Kadence is constantly running around taking care of the place. If she’s not up and about, you’ll see her with a big smile as soon as you open the door. No issue is too big for Kadence to resolve (especially with the help of Doug and Jason). Her favorite thing to do is rock out while watching her students perform on stage!
Presley Acree is an instructor for vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard and drums at Ready Set Gig. Daughter of a southern gospel singer, she was introduced to music at a very young age and always knew she wanted to teach. She is the youngest member of our RSG staff, and is currently gearing up to start college in the fall so she can give her students the best education possible. Outside of RSG, she is the keyboardist/backing vocalist of a cover band known as The Undecyded, the bassist of a Rush cover band, Lil' Rush, and a Slash enthusiast.
Khrystyna Chapman leads our Ready Set Grow program and was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She began playing the guitar when she was 12 years old, and played jazz guitar in the jazz band at her schools for five years. She played percussion for seven years, and was also on the drumline during high school. During high school, she fell in love with doing hair, and has been a hairstylist for four years. She loves sharing her passion for music and hair with others.
Ken Gillett was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area in Northern California in a very musical household. He learned to play the organ when he was 5, and played Alto Sax in school bands from the 4th grade until graduating High School in 1986. In 1983, while attending a Y&T show, Ken fell in love with the guitar and never looked back. Ken played in a number of hard rock and metal cover bands through years and has opened for several international touring acts. Over the years, Ken has shared the stage with many top artists from Reba McEntire to Steve Vai, Pat Travers, and Sammy Hagar. Ken's many influences include Dave Meniketti, Ronnie Montrose, George Lynch, Warren DeMartini, Pat Travers, and Michael Schenker. Ken is also a skilled guitar tech and currently endorsed by DeJayce Guitars.