- 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, r&b, 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 Spring 2016 - Session One Registration is now open! Classes begin the week of Monday, February 1st and consist of 6 weekly, 90 minute lessons. Session Two concludes with concerts on the legendary 123 Pleasant Street stage in Morgantown, WV Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th 2016.

*The PopShop Has Moved!*

Visit us at our new location on the top floor of the former Woodburn Elementary School, located at 918 Fortney Street Morgantown, WV 26505.

Classes offered Spring 2016 - Session One:

Pop 101

This class is geared toward players with a rudimentary knowledge of their instrument (less than a year of experience and knowledge of note names on instrument). Minimum of 4 players needed to form class. Instruments needed: Guitar(s), Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, Vocalist(s).

Pop 102

This class is geared toward players with intermediate (more than one year experience, some chord or note reading ability, and some ability to improvise) knowledge of their instrument. Minimum of 4 players needed to form class.

Pop 103

This class is geared toward players with advanced knowledge of their instrument (several years of experience and the ability to improvise) . Minimum of 4 players needed to form class. Instruments needed: Guitar(s), Bass Guitar, Keyboard(s), Drums, Vocalist(s).

Pop Tech

The PopTech program consists of a series of music technology and practical musical application courses designed to expand your existing knowledge and help to get you "road ready". Classes are designed and taught by professionals that not only work in the specific field but possess the ability to teach others their craft. Classes include live sound engineering, effect pedal basics (build your own pedal), audio mixing basics, studio recording, as well as guitar and bass repair/maintenance classes!

  • Other instruments can be incorporated. Please inquire about yours!
  • Students rehearse on stage with full PA and lighting system! This allows the 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.
  • The PopShop class schedule DOES NOT follow the public or private school calendars.

Rock enRoll

PopShop Spring 2016 - Session One is now closed. Session Two Registration is NOW OPEN!

Classes begin the week of Monday, April 4th and consist of 6 weekly, 90 minute lessons. Session Two concludes with concerts on the legendary 123 Pleasant Street stage in Morgantowm.


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

Classes Spring 2016 - Session One


Join us for all of these great upcoming events!

Shows Spring 2026:

Spring 2016 - Session One Final Concert 1

123 Pleasant Street

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 - 6PM - Morgantown, WV

Spring 2016 - Session One Final Concert 2

123 Pleasant Street

Sunday, March 20th, 2016 - 1PM - 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


Enjoy this great feature video by videographer Aaron Griffin (Impakt Marketing) about PopShop! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PAcYHqobxE

Chris Russel - PopShop/The Argument (Click to Play)

Video Profile project for JRL 225 at WVU.

Come visit PopShop tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th at "Inspire Your Heart with Art Day" at the Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia from 10am-1pm! We'll have instruments on hand for "kids" of all ages to try. We will also be cutting guitar picks for everyone in attendance! Join us and help spread the word about this great event! From the CDMWV website: Celebrate “Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.” Visitors can play real musical instruments and create a special art project. To inspire your hearth with art, the Children’s Museum invites you to participate in two special programs. PopShop, a non-profit music academy that uses popular music styles to teach traditional musical concepts, will be at the CDMWV helping visitors try out a variety of musical instruments. Participants will also have the opportunity to create an art project inspired by the work of West Viriginia artist Blanche Lazzell. The Children’s Museum encourages visitors to continue to “inspire your heart with art” throughout the weekend with a visit to the Art Museum of WVU to experience the many Lazzell pieces currently on display.

Registration for PopShop Spring 2016 - Session One closes this Monday, January 18th! Rehearsals begin the week of Monday, February 1st and conclude with concerts on March 19th and 20th, 2016 at 123 Pleasant St. Once again, bands will meet once a week for six weeks (90-minute rehearsals). https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15pZ5oC9s522u9xd0NyK8We7qEkBroiniEDrnf4hXbIw/viewform

Thank you Amy Hessl for capturing a typical night at PopShop!

Submitted photos from the two days of concerts.

Spray paint murals by Jamie Lester!

Check out these great photos by PopShop instructor Walt Sarkees music! Feel free to share and tag!



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