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.
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.
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!
Nick Velasquez has been playing drums for nearly 10 years, and is an instructor for drums at Ready Set Gig. He is currently a student at UNLV and an alumnus of the Bringing Down the House Program produced by House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, a program for musicians aged 14-20 to collaborate with industry insiders for composing and performing original music. Nick’s hobbies include video gaming, kendama, and knife throwing.
C. J. Christensen has 20+ years experience playing the drums, and is a drum instructor for RSG. A player since age 4, C. J. distinguished himself in 2006 by participating in the predecessor to the Music Forward program produced by House of Blues Foundation. He was also in the Jazz band at Valley High School in Las Vegas. When the music program got cut, he switched to private instruction at School of Rock, where he continued for two years, and met Siana King there, where they developed a collaboration that grew into a popular country cover band. C.J. was the original drummer in 2013-2014. C.J. also collaborated with Savannah Sgro, which included covers as well as original material. He was endorsed by Boso Bamboo Drumsticks during that time as well. After that, CJ decided to pursue an international business career and moved to Shenzen, China, where he opened a music school that eventually grew to 3 locations. He stepped away from music in 2018 to pursue other business interests. He returned to the US in 2019 and resumed his music career by launching a practice pad company. His primary influences include John Bonham, Ginger Baker, and Keith Moon.
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.
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.
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!
Sophia is a powerful vocalist/songwriter who always sings from the heart. She has studied vocals for 10 years, performing in church choirs, school's glee club and in student bands and performances in several Las Vegas club venues. Sophia instructs and manages our Ready Set Jam program, and assists with our in-house music education program partnership with the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. She enjoys many different musical genres, including rock and metal. Outside music, she adores baking different types of pastries, making art, playing piano, and enjoying the company of friends.
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.
Rapper, DJ, producer, and entertainer can all be used to describe DJ GinJar. A transplant of Las Vegas from Idaho, DJ GinJar weaves cuts and scratches on the turntables with his vocals to give you elements of Hip Hop normally seen from a Rapper/DJ combination. Whether he is spinning the classics or spitting them DJ GinJar has one thing on his mind and that is to leave you entertained.
DJ GinJar got his start with the HIp Hop Duo Passed Up. Writing and producing for the group showed DJ GinJar's passion for music and gave him valuable experience in the music industry. In 2010 Passed Up won the title of "Best Local Hip-Hop Group" in the Las Vegas weekly "Readers Choice" category. Also in 2010 they won "Best Rap Group" at the Black Music Awards. The duo has performed with numerous artists such as Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs in Harmony, Nappy Boy artist Tay Dizm, Audio Push, Def Jam artist Lil Niqo, The Rangers, Nick Cannon, The Wonder Broz and many more.
He also has been making his mark as a DJ. Blending Hip Hop, Trap House, and Twerk to make his sets high energy from start to finish. DJ GinJar has had feature residencies with the Las Vegas Showgirlz Professional Football team, PYD Radio Show, Dazzle in the Attic, and the Human Experience. He has also had shows with Clark County, The City of North Las Vegas, Monster Headphones, Vlado Footwear, 815 LA Festival, and BET.
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.
Hannah is a guitar, vocal, and occasional bass instructor at RSG. She has been playing guitar for over 5 years. She has also been in choir for 7 years and has taken vocal classes at UNLV, where she currently attends. She is an instructor for the RSG Summer Camps as well as private lessons. She loves being part of the team and helping students learn, make progress, and prep for shows!