- PopShop -

Learn Music - Have Fun - Rock out

PopShop - Rock EnROLL today!

Learn Music! PopShop, located in Morgantown, WV, is a non profit music academy founded with the belief that popular music styles (rock, pop, country, punk, etc.) can be a vehicle to teach traditional musical concepts. PopShop is dedicated to providing a quality music education while working to help nurture artistic and personal growth in students of all ages.

Have Fun! While music education is at the center of PopShop's mission, classes are designed for members to enjoy the learning experience! Students collaborate in order to choose the songs, and work to assemble a set of music to be presented at public concert events.

Rock Out! Throughout the PopShop session, band members take to the stage for live performances to showcase each student's talent and hard work. Live performances are used to help highlight other charitable causes in our community and raise funds for these same organizations. PopShop teaches that art is not only important for personal expression, but that it can be used to help others in need.

Classes & Information

Registration for PopShop Summer 2017 Camps - is NOW OPEN!

This School Rocks!

PopShop is located on the top floor of the former Woodburn Elementary School, located at 918 Fortney Street Morgantown, WV 26505.

PopShop Summer 2017 Camps:

Music Performance Camp

This camp is geared toward players of all ages (8-adult) and musical abilities! Groups will meet M-F for two hour rehearsals (10 hours total instruction) with a public performance to feature their work at the end of the week!

Guitar/Bass Week!

Groups will meet M-F for five 90 minute lessons, learning basic routine maintenance, understanding amps, using pedals, utilizing accessories, preparing for live performances, and a special day of riffs, tips and tricks!

Drum Week!

Students will meet M-F for five 90 minute lessons, learning basic drum set history/beats, choosing the right drums/cymbals/heads/sticks hardware for your situation, and drum tuning/maintenance. Campers will also have lessons in hand drumming, playing with a metronome/click track, taking control of the band, and preparing for live performance.

"How To Band" Camp

Open to students of all instruments and anyone who dreams of managing a solo artist or band! Groups will meet M-F for five 90 minute discussions and hands-on demonstrations learning the fundamentals of operating a band. Class days will be dedicated to understanding commercial and DIY methods of creating recorded music and video, Internet marketing and social media, booking, networking, promotions, making show posters, merchandise, and performance etiquette.

Guitar and Bass Guitar Effects Pedal Camp (Beginner)

Groups will meet for four 90 minute classes Monday-Thursday to learn about how most pedals work. Students will then build their own pedal to take home at the end of the class! (Choice of six different pedal options: Guitar Distortion, Guitar Fuzz, Boost, Treble Boost, Bass Overdrive, and Bass Fuzz)

Guitar and Bass Guitar Effects Pedal Camp (Advanced)

Groups will meet for four 90 minute classes Monday-Thursday to learn about some more advanced circuits, and then build their own pedal to take home at the end of the class! (Choice of four: Atticus Finch Overdrive, Pancake Trilobite 2xFuzz, BigWig Bass Driver, Malta Kano Distorted Reverb)

Audio Mixing Camp

Students will meet for four 90 minute classes providing an introduction to mixing sound for students at the beginner and novice levels. Learn the concepts of mixing live audio for bands, theater and speaking events, and also recorded music for albums, podcasts and film/video.

Live Sound Engineering Camp

This six week course shows students how to run a PA and mix a live band. Learn everything from setup to sound check and show time to load out. **Most students with no prior experience using a sound board should consider the 4-week Audio Mixing Basics class before taking the full Live Sound Engineering class.

Guitar/Bass Guitar Tech Camp

Students will meet for four 90 minute hands-on classes of complete electric guitar and bass maintenance and basic common repairs. Learn to keep your instrument in top performance shape and save money on setups and repairs.

  • A minimum of 4 players needed to form class.
  • Students rehearse on stage with full PA allowing students the opportunity to experience the feeling of performance from day one of the session!
  • All "backlined instruments" (drums, keyboards, amplifiers, PA system, microphones) are provided for students.
  • Classes are held at "The PopShop" located at 918 Fortney St, Morgantown, WV.
  • Instruments needed: Guitar(s), Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Vocalist(s), Wind Instruments. Other instruments can be incorporated. Please inquire about yours!

Rock enRoll

Registration is NOW OPEN for PopShop 2017 - Summer Camps!

Rock enRoll now for PopShopWV 2017 - Summer Camps!

Rock enRoll now for PopShop Performance Camp at Fairmont State University (Aug 7th - Aug 11th)!

PopShop 2017 - Summer Camps


Upcoming Shows and Events:

PopShop Bands At Patty's Art Spot

PopShop groups perform while Patty and crew tattoo to raise money for PopShopWV!

Sunday, May 7th - 12 - 5pm @ 3399 University Ave Star City, WV

PopShopWV Presents: School's Out For Summer 2017! (Night Show)

Final performances of Spring 2017 - Session Two.

Saturday, May 20th - 6pm @ 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, WV

PopShopWV Presents: School's Out For Summer 2017! (Afternoon Show)

Final performances of Spring 2017 - Session Two.

Sunday, May 21st - 1pm @ 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, WV

Memorial Day Triple S Harley-Davidson Cookout

PopShop bands rock this Memorial Day Veterans benefit!

Monday, May 29th - 12pm @ 7300 Willie G Ave, Westover, WV

July 4th Triple S Harley-Davidson Cookout

PopShop bands rock this Independence Day Veterans benefit!

Tuesday, July 4th - 12pm @ 7300 Willie G Ave, Westover, WV

Festival Fridays

PopShop bands bring their rock show to Buckhannon, WV!

Friday, July 21st - 5pm @ Jawbone Park - S Florida St, Buckhannon, WV


  • "Had a great time at Black Bear. Kudos to you for the teaching and relationships that got the kids (and adults) there. The Black Bear venue permitted a lot of {my son's} friends to be there, which was awesome support."

    - Parent of PopShop student

  • "You don't know me, but {one of your students} is a dear friend of mine, and I just wanted to thank you so much for all the wonderful work you did with him and all the other PopShop kids. He has been on Cloud Nine over the experience. The other day he said to me, with a big smile on his face, "I feel like I get better at guitar just by being in the room." You are doing an amazing thing with these kids, and you must be very good with them; the results are so impressive. So I just wanted to thank you for giving such a great gift to the community. Best of luck to you, and keep up the good work!"

    - Community member and friend of PopShop student

  • "Participating in Pop Shop programs over the years has allowed my son to grow as a musician and as an individual. Chris Russell and his staff are excellent mentors to students that are in the process of discovering their musical talents. Pop Shop bands have a great time while working toward taking their abilities to the next level. It's such a great opportunity...right here in Morgantown! "

    - Cynthia Armstrong, Parent of PopShop student

  • "...Unsurprisingly, he didn't get in trouble at all this spring. There was no acting out, his grades improved and his attendance was stellar. He will start high school in the fall with new confidence in mind and direction in his heart, and it is all because of the gift of a semester in PopShop."

    - Counselor of PopShop student

  • "We love PopShop, it is such a wonderful program for our daughters. They enjoy playing music they hear on the radio and learning to play with a group is important for any musician. We look forward to future semesters!"

    - Angela Carver, Parent of PopShop students

  • "Thanks again for all your hard work and support throughout the semester. We will all look forward to the fall."

    - Adult PopShop student and the parent of PopShop students

  • "I just want to thank you for all your time and hard work you have put into Popshop. The boys were very happy with their performance yesterday. I think they did a great job. I know you put in a lot of hours. I just wanted to let you know that we appreciate it."

    - Parent of PopShop students

  • "I loved doing Popshop! I learned so much during the semesters I spent there - I took the next step and actually played something with other people, outside of my room. I gained a little confidence and (kinda) got over my stage fright. I recommend this program to people all the time and try to spread the word as much as I can. Thank you so much for all you did for me!"

    - Anna Smith, Former PopShop student

  • "Many thanks for you and your assistants for all you do with young musicians. PopShop has been an amazing experience for my son and his band. {My son} has gained confidence as a musician that I never thought we'd see."

    - Parent of PopShop student


PopShop Drum Week campers learning "Always Something There To Remind Me" (Naked Eyes).

Check out this great #wvmusic feature on @popshopwv ! Thanks, @achangeoftune ! #wvpublic.org/wvmusic

Guitar/Bass and Drum Week campers are in for a treat tomorrow with Skype sessions (3:30 and 5pm) from Anthony Cartinella of BLACK 35 GUITARS. Anthony was also the founder of Dark Horse Percussion. Join us for a great discussion about custom drums, guitars, and the musical instrument business!

PopShop Guitar/Bass Week campers spent time with Nashville (by way of Pittsburgh!) guitarist/educator, Corey Congilio today! Thanks, Corey!!! Corey is a top-notch instructor that offers guitar instruction at: https://truefire.com/educators/corey-congilio/e4200

PopShop campers have had the incredible honor of studying with Brian Wolfe this week during Drum Week! Brian is a phenomenal drummer/instructor that has shared invaluable instruction to the young students of PopShop!

Drum Week kicked off with an interview with Modern Drummer Magazine Managing Editor, Mike Dawson! Mike is a West Virginia University School of Music alum and an amazing drummer!

Thanks, John Konesky (guitarist Tenacious D) for chatting with students of PopShop Performance Camp last Friday!

Check out Sydney and some of our other awesome PopShop students during this 20-minute interview with Joni Deutsch on A Change of Tune! Thanks for shining a light on PopShop! http://wvpublic.org/post/rock-enroll-west-virginias-school-rock-session#stream/0



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