- 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 PopShopWV 2018 Summer Camps - is NOW OPEN!

This School Rocks!


Classes Offered Summer 2018 :

PopShop Drum Camp


June 18th - June 22nd - Students will meet M-F for five 90 minute lessons covering various drum styles, basic drum notation, drum set tuning/maintenance, playing with a metronome/click track, taking control of the band, hand drums techniques, and more.

PopShop Guitar/Bass Guitar Camp


June 18th - June 22nd 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!

PopShop Summer Performance Camp 1


July 9th-13th - Groups will meet M-F during this week for two hour rehearsals (10 hours total instruction). Final performance will take place Sunday, July 15th (Venue TBA). • This program is geared toward players of all ages (8-adult) and musical abilities! Students meet for group lessons to create a set of music to be performed at a public concert at the end of the week. 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.

GIRLS ROCK! CAMP


July 16th - 20th (10am-4pm) - This camp is crafted for female musicians age 8 - 18! In one week campers will form bands, write an original song and perform at a local music venue. Campers will work with PopShop's all female staff to explore the fun and challenges of making music with others. Each day will begin with movement exercises (yoga/dance) as well as hands-on demonstrations of all of the instruments utilized in PopShop. Campers will learn to play/sing the Girls Rock Camp Theme Song on (and put their stamp on it). There will be daily Skype sessions with female artists and music industry professionals. Each afternoon, campers (in small groups) will collaborate with the staff members and professional songwriters to craft their original songs. Any self-identified girl is encouraged to apply, prior music experience isn’t required and all musical instruments will be provided.

Guitar/Bass Effects Pedal Class (Beginner)


Groups will meet for four 90 minute classes to learn about how most analog 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/Bass Effects Pedal Class (Advanced)


Groups will meet for four 90 minute classes 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)

Guitar and Bass Tech Class


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.

Audio Mixing Basics Class


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.

  • A minimum of 4 players needed to form performance 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 that we need: Guitar(s), Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Vocalist(s), Wind Instruments. Other instruments can be incorporated. Please inquire about yours!

ROCK enROLL


Spring 2018 - Session Two classes are currently in session. Join us for upcoming PopShopWV 2018 Summer Camps!


Pay Online: PopShop Classes Spring 2018 - Session Two


Registration is NOW OPEN for PopShopWV 2018 Summer Camps!


ROCK enROLL now for PopShopWV 2018 Summer Camps!


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Events

Upcoming Shows and Events:


PopShop Spring 2018 - Session Two begins!

Join us for the second Spring 2018 (6 Week) session!

Monday, April 2nd @ 918 Fortney St. Morgantown, WV


PopShopWV Presents: School's Out For Summer 2018!

All PopShop Spring Session Two groups perform @ 123 Pleasant St!

Sunday, May 20th - 1PM - 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, WV


Feedback

  • "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

News

A great evening (and semester) with West Virginia University MANG 480 class. This Corporate Social Responsibility group worked with PopShop to help develop new scholarship applications/corporate pleas as well as studies on our current social media impact. This evening's event on the campus of WVU featured the talents of Cody Clayton Eagle. Cody sounded incredible and PopShop was awarded $675 towards tuition scholarships!

PopShop is thrilled to announce the 2018 PopShop Summer Camp/Class Schedule! PopShop is excited to offer music camps throughout the summer of 2018! Back by popular demand are 2 Performance Camps, Drum Week, Guitars Week, Girls Rock Camp, and several Music Technology Classes! We will host guest clinicians and Skype with artists in the music industry throughout all of these camps! ROCK enROLL TODAY! https://docs.google.com/a/popshopwv.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9A2WjmiNkLjresc6aQJbr7W1XNEk0ui8wn4cQivKOH2Qtuw/viewform ------------------------------------ Drum Week June 18th - June 22nd Students will meet M-F for five 90 minute lessons covering various drum styles, basic drum notation, drum set tuning/maintenance, playing with a metronome/click track, taking control of the band, hand drums techniques, and more. Guitars Week June 18th - June 22nd 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! ROCK enROLL TODAY! ------------------------------------ PopShop Summer Performance Camp 1 (@ PopShop - Morgantown, WV) July 9th-13th - Groups will meet M-F during this week for two hour rehearsals (10 hours total instruction). Final performance will take place at Crab Shack Caribba (Cheat Lake) on Sunday, July 15th (1pm). • This program is geared toward players of all ages (8-adult) and musical abilities! Students meet for group lessons to create a set of music to be performed at a public concert at the end of the week. 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. We will host guest clinicians and Skype with artists in the music industry throughout these weeks! In the past, students have chatted with: Bill Withers, Andy Grammer, Amos Heller (Bassist - Taylor Swift), Mike Dawson (Editor Modern Drummer Magazine), Kevin Packard (Pearl Drum Set Marketing Manager, Brian Wolfe (Drummer - David Byrne, Sufjan Stephens, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), Jared Scharff (Guitarist - Saturday Night Live, Dan Konopka (Drummer - OkGo), and many more. ROCK enROLL TODAY! ------------------------------------ GIRLS ROCK CAMP! July 16th - 20th (10am-4pm) - This camp is crafted for female musicians age 8 - 18! In one week campers will form bands, write an original song and perform at a local music venue. Campers will work with PopShop's all female staff to explore the fun and challenges of making music with others. Each day will begin with movement exercises (yoga/dance) as well as hands-on demonstrations of all of the instruments utilized in PopShop. Campers will learn to play/sing the Girls Rock Camp Theme Song on (and put their stamp on it). There will be daily Skype sessions with female artists and music industry professionals. Each afternoon, campers (in small groups) will collaborate with the staff members and professional songwriters to craft their original songs. Any self-identified girl is encouraged to apply, prior music experience isn’t required and all musical instruments will be provided. ROCK enROLL TODAY! ------------------------------------ Performance Camp 2 (Fairmont State University- Farimont, WV) (with concert TBA) July 23rd - July 27th - Groups will meet for two hours rehearsals (M-F = 10 hours total instruction) at Wallman Hall on the campus of Fairmont State University. Campers will present a public performance to feature their work on Saturday, July 28th! (Venue TBA) • This program is geared toward players of all ages (8-adult) and musical abilities! Students meet for group lessons to create a set of music to be performed at a public concert at the end of the week. Students meet for two hours a day (M-F) for one a week (10 hours of instruction). 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. ROCK enROLL TODAY! http://popshopwv.com/fairmont/ ------------------------------------ PopTech Classes - Summer 2018 * Class times/dates TBD based on total registration. Register for your desired class and the instructor will contact you for scheduling. Guitar/Bass Effects Pedal (Basics) Groups will meet for four 90 minute classes Monday-Thursday to learn about how most analog 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/Bass Effects Pedal (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) Guitar and Bass Tech 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. Audio Mixing Basics 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. Audio Engineering Class Groups will meet M-F for two hour classes to learn the basics of audio engineering. Students will learn the basics of signal flow, microphone types and applications, and then record an actual band's song! Students will also have the chance to do a quick rough mix. ROCK enROLL TODAY!

Stay tuned for the PopShop Summer Camps announcement tomorrow (Monday, April 9th)!

There are still a few select spots open in PopShop for Spring 2018 - Session Two. Specifically ISO bass players and guitarists (ages 10-18). Classes begin next week! ROCK enROLL today! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfervGwr0dAf2aLPLfUI-6HSiMtUS_Mi2R8DJ6Wo65gn8Fd-g/viewform

The deadline to register for Spring 2018 - Session Two is Saturday, March 24th. Please register now to ensure we place you in a group and schedule you! The deadline to register for Spring 2018 - Session Two is Saturday, March 24th. Please register now to ensure we place you in a group and schedule you! ROCK enROLL Today! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfervGwr0dAf2aLPLfUI-6HSiMtUS_Mi2R8DJ6Wo65gn8Fd-g/viewform

Thank you, Megan Hudock WBOY 12 News for shining light on PopShop and PopshopWV Presents: Springfest 2018! http://www.wboy.com/news/springfest-2018_20180319034740/1056894571

 

Contact

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Chris Russell
PopShopWV
(304) 833-9248
chris@popshopwv.com