- 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

PopShop Fall 2016 - Session Two Classes are now enrolling!

This School Rocks!

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

Classes offered Fall 2016 - Session Two:

Six Week Perfomance Camp

The program is geared toward players of all ages (8-adult) and musical abilities! Students meet for group lessons (90 minutes a week for six weeks) to create a set of music to be performed at a public concert(s). PopShop staff members carefully create groups based on age, ability and musical interests. Instructors provide musical instruction and impart the importance of teamwork, creative expression, and self confidence.

Guitar and Bass Guitar Effects Pedal Class (Beginner)

This four week course will focus on three principles: the ability to distinguish and identify effects by hearing them, the understanding of hardware/circuits within most pedals, and the building of a guitar pedal of your choice (six options: distortion, fuzz, boost, treble boost, bass distortion, bass fuzz)! All materials will be provided. Students build/keep their very own pedal!

Guitar and Bass Guitar Effects Pedal Class (Advanced)

This four week course will cover the understanding and building of one of three Bookworm Effects' guitar pedals: The Atticus Finch Overdrive, the Pancake Trilobite 2xFuzz, or the Malta Kano Reverb! This class will cover more complicated circuits. All materials will be provided. While completing the Beginner class is not a prerequisite, it's preferable that students have some soldering experience.

Audio Mixing Class

This four week course is a hands-on 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. **The class is recommended for most students before taking the six week Live Sound Engineering class.

Live Sound Engineering Class

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 Maintenance and Repair Class

This four week course is designed to give players of all levels a better understanding of their instrument and the hands-on experience of making their own guitar or bass meet their needs. Save time and money by learning how to "setup" and maintain your instrument!

  • 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 for Fall 2016 - Session Two is now open!

Rock enRoll now for PopShop Fall 2016 - Session Two!

*NEW!* Payments can now be made via major credit card using Paypal. (*Convenience Fee Added To Paypal/Credit Card Tuition Payments*)

PopShop Classes Fall 2016 - Session One and Two


Join us for all of these great upcoming events!

Shows/Events Fall 2016:

PopShop Open House/Fall Registration Kickoff Event

Join us for an open house and Fall 2016 - Session One registration kickoff party at PopShop! Invite a friend, meet the staff, and enjoy great food from our friends at Qdoba!

(Taco) Tuesday, August 16 2016 - 6:00PM

Meet Your Neighbor Community Fun Fair

Coordinating Council on Homelessness will host “Meet Your Neighbor”, a free community funfair at the Morgantown Farmer's Market.

Sunday, August 28 2016 - 2PM

PopShop Fall 2016 - Session One Begins

Fall Session One classes begin!

Monday, September 12th.

PopShopWV Presents Rocktoberfest 2016!

Final performance of Fall 2016 - Session One. Join us for a great day of rock at 123 Pleasant St!

Sunday, October 23rd - 1pm.


  • "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 group Wrong Direction rehearsing Echosmith's "Cool Kids". Stephen Arnett Kimberly Price Arnett Sharon Meneskie Kramer Mahreen Hashmi Mark Rutledge

PopShop's youngest group (age 7-9) rehearsing Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud". These videos serve as proof that we work with the best (cutest) kids. (Check out that guitar solo!) Emily Dillaman Sarkees Michael J. Iafrate Angela Lawson Walt Sarkees

PopShop Fall 2016 - Session Two begins the week of Monday, October 31st, and concludes with concerts on the legendary 123 Pleasant Street stage Saturday and Sunday, December 17th and 18th. Rock enRoll today for Fall Session Two!

PopShop Fall 2016 - Session Two Registration

• PopShop Fall 2016 - Session Two begins the week of Monday, October 31st, and concludes with concerts on the legendary 123 Pleasant Street stage Saturday and Sunday, December 17th and 18th. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

Before I Sleep performs "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park during the Morgantown Marathon on Sunday, September 18th! Bryan Stealey Susan Chipley Jamie Summerlin

Lexie VanDayne and PopShop staff members perform at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park during the Morgantown Marathon Sunday, September 18th! Check out this big voice! Angie Carpenter VanDyne Brian Spragg Mason Fanning Chris Russell

PopShop students LJ Stealey and Maleri Tustin open for The Foxhole Prayers (Greg Riordan) tomorrow at Genes Beer Garden. Don't miss this show! https://www.facebook.com/events/166301437132468/

Meet The Woman Who's Been Pearl Jam's Sound Engineer For 24 Years

Meet The Woman Who's Been Pearl Jam's Sound Engineer For 24 Years

After three decades doing live sound, Karrie Keyes is still one of few female engineers in the business. Some Pearl Jam fans know her on sight.

There are still a few spots available for anyone that wants to join a band this session. Learn to play the music you love and make new friends! Rock enRoll today!

PopShop Fall 2016 - Session One Registration

• PopShop Fall 2016 - Session One begins the week of Monday, September 12th and concludes with a concert on the legendary 123 Pleasant Street stage Sunday, October 23rd! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

Thanks to some extremely generous PopShop donors, there are scholarships available for the upcoming sessions. If you would like more information, email: scholarships@popshopwv.com.

An amazing night of West Virginia Black Bears baseball beginning with a beautiful rendition of our national anthem. Great job, Lexie! Angie Carpenter VanDyne Walt Sarkees



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