- 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 Summer Camps/Classes are now enrolling!

*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 Summer 2016:

One Week Intensive Perfomance Camps

Weeks offered: June 20-24th, July 11-15. Groups will meet for two hours a day M-F with a concert at the end of the week!

Guitar/Bass Week!

June 13th-17th - 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!

June 13th-16th - Students will meet M-Th for four 90 minute lessons, learning basic drum set history/beats, choosing the right drums/cymbals/heads/sticks hardware for your situation, drum tuning/maintenance, playing with a metronome/click track, taking control of the band, incorporating electronics/drum samples into your setup. * All registered students will receive a new drum head for their own drum during the drum tuning/maintenance class!

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 Guitar/Bass Effects Pedal (Basic/Advanced), 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

Registration for 2016 PopShop Summer Camps/Classes is now open!

Rock enRoll now for PopShop Summer Camp 2016!

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

PopShop Summer Camp/Classes 2016


Join us for all of these great upcoming events!

Shows/Events Spring 2016:

Spring 2016 - Session Two Final Concert 1

123 Pleasant Street

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 - 6PM - Morgantown, WV

Spring 2016 - Session Two Final Concert 2

123 Pleasant Street

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 - 1PM - Morgantown, WV

Woodburn Fest

A day of games, fun, food, and music by your favorite PopShopWV groups!

Woodburn Park - 918 Fortney St - Morgantown, WV 26505

Saturday, June 11 2016 - 12PM


  • "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


Today in Music History: 1993, Swedish group Ace Of Base started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All That She Wants', a No.2 hit in the US. Help us make today a much more significant date in music history by attending PopShopWV Presents: "School's Out For Summer" Concert 2016 @ 123 Pleasant Street today at 1pm. Eleven PopShop groups (age 7-adult) will perform the music of No Doubt, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson, Pat Benetar, OkGo, Santana, Adele, Survivor, Blink-182, Elvis, the Who, David Bowie, and much (much) more! Sunday, May 22nd 1:00 - Six Days Down - Just A Girl, Nine In The Afternoon, It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) Holly McMullen - Drums/Vox, Layne Martin - Gtr/Drums, Kayla Neely - Vox, Ross Weed - Gtr, Luke Monti - Keys, Ben McMullen - Bass 1:20 - Gregory Davis Plutt - I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, Rolling In The Deep Keeley Gregory - Vox, Dylan Davis - Gtr, Austin Plutt - Drums 1:40 - Inside The Earth - Hello, Nothing Compares 2 U Hazel Iafrate - Vox, Will Krieger - Gtr, Eli Case - Keys, Edan Russell - Drums 2:00 - Shotgun Tacos - Paint It Black, Sweet Dreams, Neverending Math Equation Toby Goodwin - Gtr/Vox, Ben Channell - Drums/Vox, Ben McMullen - Bass) 2:20 - Wrong Direction - Kids In America, Eye Of The Tiger Angelina Cortopassi - Keys/Vox, Emily Arnett Bass/Drums/Vox, Brooklyn Rutledge - Drums/Bass/Vox, Zach Rutledge - Guitar, Haley Kramer - Keys, Emma Rusiecki - Vox/Drums 2:35 - Firepower - Bright, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Get Over It Alyssa Guerry - Vox/Keys/Drums, MC Byron - Gtr/Vox, Sophia Lester - Bass, Julia Garrison - Gtr/Vox, Gabby Garrison - Drums/Vox 2:55 - Before I Sleep - I Miss You, Fly Away Annelies Stealey - Gtr/Vox, Willow Colebank - Keys/Vox, Maleri Tustin - Gtr/Vox, Shayna Summerlin - Bass, Bailey Joyce - Drums 3:15 - Corn - Breakout, Tragedy + Time Sydney Wiley - Gtr/Vox, Nathaniel Fuller - Gtr/Vox, Tessa Staubly - Bass, Will MacKay - Drums 3:35 - (The Band Formerly Known As) Food Baby - Use Somebody, Action Cat, Baba O’Riley Julia Garrison - Gtr/Vox, Willow Colebank -Vox/Keys, Declan Falkenstein - Keys, Bailey Schweizer - Bass, Greer Lambert- Drums 3:55 - Noodles and the Soup - Evil Ways, Rockin the Suburbs, Joy, Like Lightning, Another Nail in My Heart, Slow Ride John Taylor - Gtr/Vox, Iain MacKay - Keys/Vox, Jeffrey Carver - Bass/Vox, Chris Wade - Drums 4:25 - Lexie and the Texans (Not really the band's name) - The Story, King Of Anything, My Dumb Luck, Life On Mars Lexie VanDyne - Vox/Gtr, Joseph Taylor - Keys, Ethan White - Bass, Zach Olszewski - Drums

After tomorrow night's (Saturday) PopShopWV Presents: "School's Out For Summer" Concert 2016, 3 more great bands will rock the 123 Pleasant Street stage. Fun Fact: Three PopShop instructors play in Beast Friend! Rose Anne Mason Fanning Brian Spragg

The PopShop Summer Camp schedule is complete! Please check out the summer offerings and join us for a great performance camp and some entirely new offerings! Guitar/Bass Camp! Drum Camp! How To Band Camp! (AND MUCH MORE) ROCK enROLL for Summer 2016!

PopShop Summer Camps 2016

PopShop is excited to offer two weeks of Summer Performance Camp this year! We will host guest clinicians and Skype with artists in the music industry throughout these weeks! June 20th-24th - Groups will meet M-F during this week for two hour rehearsals (10 hours total instruction). There will be a…

"Inside The Earth" takes a rehearsal break to work out official band business. Check them out this Sunday, May 22nd (1:40pm) at 123 Pleasant Street for PopShopWV Presents: "School's Out For Summer" Concert 2016! Photo Credit: Emily Dillaman Sarkees/Mountain Child Photography

Impromptu Poll: What song/artist would you like to see covered by students of a future PopShop session?

Attention PopShop Keyboardists: Keyfest 2016 looks amazing!!!

Jordan Rudess (Click to Play)

Check out Jordan Rudess, Diego Tejeida and Tom Brislin getting ready for KEYFEST. Register Now! www.jordanrudesskeyfest.com July 18 - 22 in Upstate NY.

Shout out to Travis Hunt as he graduates from WVU today! Travis has been an amazing addition (intern) to the PopShop program this entire year, and we wish him the best of luck in the future. Thank you, Travis for the hard work and dedication to your students! You will always have a place with PopShop!

Krista Baker - WBOY 12 News stopped by PopShop last week to feature students on their Music Mondays segment. Check out all the great coverage!

Music Mondays: Pop Shop

WBOY-TV - Clarksburg to Morgantown: News Sports & Weather

PopShop's Mainstreet Hustle provides the entertainment for Caritas House Inc.'s Sweets for the Sweet 2016! Sample great desserts, listen to an amazing group, and support an incredible organization this Friday at 7pm!



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Chris Russell