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.
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.
Anisa Buttar is most alive when she’s playing the drums, which she’s been doing since the 5th grade. As a drum instructor with us here at RSG, Anisa is an absolute beast behind the kit and loves to share that enthusiasm with our students! Anisa has extensive stage experience around town and her music has been featured prominently in Las Vegas Sun and Sinner Magazine. Her many noteworthy band projects include Stereo-A, which performed regularly at Virgin Hotel, Sand Dollar Downtown, Triple B’s, Container Park and a weekly residency at Mama Rabbit inside Park MGM. Prior to that, her highly successful Every Woman Band was an all-female cover act that played nearly every casino lounge on the Strip and enjoyed a long-running residency at Red Rock Casino, as well as numerous corporate and private shows. Her newest alt-rock riot-grrl project, Moon Gossip (IG: @moongossipmusic) continues that theme of empowered all-female musicians rocking hard! Anisa’s original band, Candy Warpop, even opened for TOOL’s drummer Danny Carey and his band project VOLTO! at The Viper Room in Hollywood, CA. Anisa’s ensemble drum performance credits include multiple hit productions at the Majestic Repertory Theater, including The Craft: An Unauthorized Parody and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Anisa is also a longtime camp leader with Girls Rock Vegas!, a nonprofit summer music program funded by Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts to empower girls through music creation and performance. On the personal side, Anisa is a style maven, 16-year vegan, dog and cat mama, and lover of all things EDM. Her early musical influences also include TOOL (of course!), Nine Inch Nails, The Deftones, System of a Down, A Perfect Circle, Rage Against the Machine, and Pink Floyd. Anisa has a B.A. in print journalism from UNLV.
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.
Harley Siu Swisher is multi-talented musician, producer, and instructor at Ready Set Gig! Harley teaches bass, guitar, vocals, keyboard, and introductory drums. Her previous collaborations include studio work with Kat Kalling on the “Quicksand” EP and live performances with Every Woman Band, playing venues such as Count’s Vamp’d. Harley was also a pit musician with The Craft: The Unauthorized Musical Parody at Majestic Repertory Theater.
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!
Carlo Aglibot is a master guitar player with over 10 years’ experience, and teaches guitar and bass with us here at RSG. His gift for live looping is a huge benefit for our students, giving them early exposure to all the tools modern guitarists have available to them. Carlo got his start in teaching guitar during his time as an Operational Specialist in the US Navy, where other soldiers would approach him to learn how to play while on long deployments at sea. In addition to providing ear training and teaching students how to read tablature, Carlo also went the extra mile by using his expertise in Arturia FX to produce quality backing soundtracks for his students to learn how to jam along with a band. Carlo currently attends the College of Southern Nevada.
Noah Stephens is an instructor for intro to advanced guitar and bass, and intro to intermediate drums at Ready Set Gig. He hails from a musical family, and was introduced to music at a very early age. Noah’s infectious positivity inspires kids to learn to play music quickly and enjoy themselves while doing it! Noah plays lead guitar and occasionally sings in the popular Vegas reggae band BONAFIDE, where his shows can be heard at venues such as Hard Rock, House of Blues, Downtown Grand. Noah has been featured on KOMP 92.3 as well.
Jack Gibson is a guitar, bass, drum and keys instructor at Ready Set Gig. Raised on music from the age of 3, Jack has years of music experience. He started taking lessons at age 8 and has been furthering his music education since then.
He has been involved with the local Las Vegas music scene for 5 years and has played venues such as Container Park, House Of Blues Las Vegas and Anaheim, Foundation Room, Brooklyn Bowl and he was invited to play Summerfest in Milwaukee.
Jack is also a producer and recording artist with his band Surebrooke. He is ready to give kids any tips they need for recording their own music!
Jack’s main influences include Periphery, Dance Gavin Dance, Twenty One Pilots, Phoebe Bridgers, Kelly Clarkson and P!nk.
Justin Declaro a.k.a. JayDee a.k.a. jdhd. is a music producer and master DJ instructor at Ready Set Gig! He grew up learning the craft from his uncle in Hawaii, quickly mastering how to drop old school beats using vinyl and turntables. These days, he DJs with equipment and software from leading vendors like Pioneer and Serato. JayDee collaborates regularly with We The Beat out of Santa Barbara and Las Vegas and has performed regularly at Vegas area venues, such as Fergusons Downtown, The Bunkhouse, and others. He is an expert on music production using tools such as Ableton and FL Studio, and his work can be found on Soundcloud and Spotify. JayDee has a degree in Music Business & Technology from College of Southern Nevada.
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.