- 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 Spring 2018 - Session Two - is NOW OPEN!

This School Rocks!

Classes Offered Spring 2018 - Session Two:

PopShop Performance Program (Bands)

The 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(s). Students meet for 90 minutes a week for six weeks (9 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.

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.

Guitar and Bass Guitar Effects Pedal Class - Advanced

This four week course will cover the understanding and building of one of four Bookworm Effects' guitar pedals: The Atticus Finch Overdrive, the Pancake Trilobite 2xFuzz, the Laughing Man Optical Tremolo, or the Malta Kano Reverb! This class will cover more complicated circuits and we'll take our time building to make sure everything is good to go. All materials will be provided. Note: If you are a bassist, the Trilobite also sounds great on bass. It is not required that you'd taken the Beginner class, but it's preferable to have some soldering experience.

Studio Recording Class

This six week course will cover hardware/software for recording, signal flow/routing, microphones and techniques, and then recording a band in order to experiment with different methods!

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.

  • 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 needed: Guitar(s), Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Vocalist(s), Wind Instruments. Other instruments can be incorporated. Please inquire about yours!


Registration is NOW OPEN for PopShopWV Spring 2018 - Session Two

ROCK enROLL now for PopShopWV Spring 2018 - Session Two!

Pay Online: PopShop Classes Spring 2018 - Session One


Upcoming Shows and Events:

PopShop Spring 2018 - Session One begins!

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

Monday, January 22nd @ 918 Fortney St. Morgantown, WV

PopShopWV Presents: SpringFest 2018!

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

Sunday, March 18th - 1pm - 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, WV

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!

Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th - 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, 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


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


PopshopWV Presents: Springfest 2018 Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 123 Pleasant Street 1:00 - The Flying Shards - Should I Stay or Should I Go, Dead and Gone (Rowan Stephens, Maddox Turner, Harrison Parsons, Dom DeCost) 1:15 - Avada Kedavra - Dreams, Blitzkrieg Bop (Luke Williams, Layla Stevie, Ian Claycomb, Stella Carlson, Carlo Arthurs) 1:30 - Wrong Direction - Come Together, 99 Red Balloons, (Emily Arnett, Haley Kramer, Aubrey Benson, Emma Rusiecki, Abby Duncan) 1:45 - Dark Matter - Santa Monica, Counting Stars (Willow Thayer, Brock Lewis, Owen Minchau, Claire von Boetticher, Ryan Minchau) 2:00 - The Stupid Shirts - Cigarette Daydreams, Standing in the Sun (Gibson Bunner, Maisey Harvey, Noah Dower, Dayle Brubacher, Levi Wolfe) 2:15 - 3/4ths and 1/6th - Seven Nation Army, House Of Gold (Kat Stanley, Joel Moreland, Simon Hall, Julian Matthews) 2:35 - Fifty/50 - Whatโ€™s Going On, Believer, (Leila Giuliani, Zorrah Lawson, Johnny Thomas, Cormac Fedorko) 2:55 - Basden Coast - Miranda, Boyfriend (Isabella Stevens, Sabrina Basden, Ella Tillotson, Lilli Conlon) 3:15 - What - Fidelity, Linger (Hazel Iafrate, Mailey Jackson, Elliot Jackson, Summer Murral) 3:30 - The Wasabi Lemons - School, Heartbreaker, Fire, Get Free (Dalton Matheny, Eric Pifer, Owen Barry, Jackson Howell) 3:55 - The Polypeptides - Maps, Zombie, Cannonball (Lexie VanDyne, Puck Byron, Katie Lentz, Ben McMullen, Skyler Rife) 4:15 - The Cobra Smiths - Learning to Fly, Ruby (Preslea Sodomick, Ellie Hite, Cash Sodomick, Brady Nestor) 4:30 - Frisch and Chips - Itโ€™s My Life, Battle Cry (Emily Frisch, Isabella Stevens, Andy Loos, Bowie Johnson) 4:45 - The Mixups - Where Is My Mind, Rock You Like a Hurricane (Ash Ford, Luke Andrews, Zach Rutledge, Jasper Brown, Spencer Chaplin) 5:00 - Noodles And The Soup - Tempted, Bad Sneakers, No Such Thing, Breakdown, Marry Me, Closing Time (John Taylor, Steven Frisch, Jamie Van Nostrand, Jeffrey Carver, Chris Wade) 5:30 - Uncharted - Iโ€™m Always in Love, Sway, Iris (Cody Eagle, Chase Sutton, Alexia Eagle, Ethan White, Gabby Garrison) 5:50 - Kornelius - Making Plans For Nigel, Little Black Submarines, I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend (Sydney Wiley, Nathaniel Fuller, Harrison Staubly, Tessa Staubly, Mercer Glaspell) 6:10 - Electric Triangles - When I Come Around, Come Together (Mazy Snider, Paige Krcek, Ben McMullen, Tommy Thompson, Nate Hite) 6:25 - Odd Men Out - Somebody To Shove, Mayonaise (Hunter Acheson, Ethan Brunet-Bailey, Jake Laneve, Skyler Rife) 6:40 - That First Bite of Burrito Where Thereโ€™s No Meat and itโ€™s Just Tortilla amd [sic] Sour Cream - Nothing Else Matters, Up All Night, Bodies, Them Bones (Joe Berry, Rocky Pallotta, Ethan White, Robbie Minard) 7:00 - Before I Sleep Official - Drop the Guillotine, 505, Bullet with Butterfly Wings (Maleri Tustin, Annelies Stealey, Willow Colebank, Logan Summerlin, Alicia Pinti) 7:20 - Something Professional - Equal Mind, Come A Little Closer (Elana Acciavatti, Paige Krcek, Elijah Dower, Julian Stealey, Evan Acciavatti) 7:35 - Controlled Chaos - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay, What I Like About You, Lean On Sheena, Knock Down Drag Out (Brian Ringler, David Brown, Joseph Noll, Tim Koch)

While there will be a small number (primarily youth sizes) PopShop t-shirts available at PopshopWV Presents: Springfest 2018, we are offering a limited run of the show flyers for $5 each! These flyers are printed on 100#, glossy card stock and make a perfect keepsake. Buy one and ask your favorite bands/bandmates to sign your flyer! Thanks again, Brian Pickens (Made In WV), for this awesome poster design. Brian has been designing our concert flyers for some time, and is responsible for creating all PopShop logos. We look forward to collaborating with him on the new t-shirts in the near future!

All of this Sunday's PopshopWV Presents: Springfest 2018 concert will be broadcast LIVE on PopShop's facebook page. PLEASE let all of your friends know that they can tune in to see all 23 bands this Sunday beginning at 1pm. (Sharing the stream as we go live is a huge help!) Also a HUGE shout out to Joseph Noll Videography for providing the stream! His work is awesome and he's currently looking to expand his clientele!

Registration for PopShop 2018 Spring Session Two is now open! Session Two begins the week of April 2nd. Here's the online link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfervGwr0dAf2aLPLfUI-6HSiMtUS_Mi2R8DJ6Wo65gn8Fd-g/viewform

Best of luck to all Mohigan Idol 2018 contestants! PopShop is well represented by many former and current students including Marissa Malinovich, Ethan White, Tyler Lalka, Robert Minard, Joseph Taylor, Caitlin Kirk, Peyton Posey, Naomi Porterfield, and Chase Sutton! Be sure to donate to their links to help them win, but more importantly help WVU Medicine Children's.



Use the form below to contact PopShopWV. Be sure to enter your email address and phone number if you'd like us to contact you!

Chris Russell
(304) 833-9248