- 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


Thank you, WBOY 12News for shedding light on our organization and Caritas House Inc.!

PopShop Holds Charitable Event at 123 Pleasant Street

Saturday at 123 Pleasant Street, kids showcased their talent, all for a good cause. Local non-profit organization, PopShop, put on 'Rocktoberfest.' This was performed by 18 groups ranging in ages...

PopShopWV Presents: Rocktoberfest 2016 Concert Schedule: PopShop Presents: Rocktoberfest 2016 1:00 - Infinifly - Chasing Cars, Hardest Button To Button Maeve Morgan Dowling, Rowan Stephens, Eli Case, Evan Hollar (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Walt Sarkees) 1:20 - CORDS - Let It Be, Free Fallin’ Claire Von Boetticher, Owen Minchau, Ryan Minchau (Instructors: Steve Arnett, Drew Jones, Rose Anne Heater) 1:40 - The Three Elevens - 7 Nation Army, Gotta Get Away, Running With The Devil Luke Andrews, JuanEfe Giraldo, Spencer Chaplin (Instructors: Walt Sarkess, Drew Jones, Travis Hunt) 2pm - Shotgun Tacos - Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wendy Clear Toby Goodwin, Keilean Baker, Mazy Snider, Ben McMullen, Benjamin Channell (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Josh Martinez) 2:20 - Wrong Direction - Cool Kids, Summer of 69 Emily Arnett, Brooklyn Rutledge, Haley Kramer, Emma Rusiecki, Zach Rutledge (Instructors: Chris Russell, Steve Arnett Rose, Anne Heater) 2:40 - Fear is My Friend - Ticket to Ride, Learning to Fly Elana Acciavatti, Aubrey Benson, Elijah Dower, Julian Stealey, Evan Acciavatti (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Mason Fanning, Rose Anne Heater) 3:00 - Skynny Lynny - Just Like Heaven, Sweet Home Alabama Lexie VanDyne, Samantha Carver, Cody Eagle, Katie Lentz, Maddie Carver (Instructors: Chris Russell, Walt Sarkees) 3:20 - Before I Sleep - Break Your Little Heart, Knuckles Annelies Stealey, Maleri Tustin, Willow Colebank, Shayna Summerlin, Bailey Joyce (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Mason Fanning) 3:40 - The Shining - Plush, Girlfriend, Wake Me Up When September Ends, No Good Jeffrey Carver, Brian Ringler, Joe Noll (Instructors: Chris Russell, Walt Sarkees) 4:10 - The Lightning Strikez - Thinking Out Loud, Fight Song Hazel Iafrate, Zorrah Lawson, Sabrina Basden, Will Hamilton (Instructors: Chris Russell, Walt Sarkees) 4:25 - Steve Is Preparing Your Calzone - Dead & Bloated, No Room In Frame, Turn A Square, Numbers With Wings Naomi Porterfield, Ross Weed, Luc Peret, Harrison Staubly (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Mason Fanning) 4:45 - PopKoЯN - Fell In Love With A Girl, Call Me, Monkeywrench Sydney Wiley, Tessa Staubly, Nathaniel Fuller, Will MacKay (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Mason Fanning) 5:10 - Six Days Down - 21 Guns, Airplanes Kayla Neely, Paige Krcek, Luke Monti, Ben McMullen, Holly McMullen (Instructors: Walt Sarkees, Drew Jones, Travis Hunt) 5:30 - - Yellow, Stitches Emily Frisch, August Owen, Clara DeBastiani, Noah Dower, Beck Steadman (Instructors: Chris Russell, Steve Arnett, Rose Anne Heater) 5:45 - Firepower - Kate, Brain Stew, Lounge Act MC Byron, Julia Garrison, Gabby Garrison (Instructors: Walt Sarkees, Steve Arnett) 6:05 - Bread N Toast - Too Many Faces, Paint You Wings Savannah Harmon, Shayna Summerlin, Ross Weed (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Mason Fanning) 6:25 - Undecided Voter - Heat of the Moment, You’re My Best Friend Julia Garrison, Clancy Wells, Declan Falkenstein, Ethan White, Gabby Garrison (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Walt Sarkees) 6:45 - Mainstreet Hustle - Sunday Morning, Sweeter, Leisure, Valerie, Brown Eyes Maddye Calandrella, Henry Barkey-Bircann, Seth Collins, Kuba Jaczynski (Instructors: Brian Spragg, Josh Martinez)

Yum! Great music by PopShop bands and food (West Virginia 00Bagel Company, LLC) tomorrow at 123 Pleasant Street!

West Virginia 00Bagel Company, LLC

See you tomorrow!! Brunchtime Menu Today's 00Bagels Classic Everything Cinnamon Crunch Breakfast Bagel: Ham or Bacon, Egg, Cheddar Tarragon Chicken Salad on 00Bagel with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion Toasted 00Bagel with Cream Cheese or Butter, or Peanut Butter, or White Bean Hummus Mini 00Bagel Cheeseburger Slider: Beef, American Cheese Macaroni And Cheese After-Brunch 00Pizza by the Slice: Cheese or Pepperoni After-After-Brunch Beef and Cheddar Taco Jerk Beef Taco with Mango Pineapple Salsa Chipotle Chicken and Cheddar Taco

There is exactly one place in the area to learn music technology. PopShop's PopTech program offers classes in Live Sound Engineering, Studio Recording, Audio Mixing, Guitar/Bass Maintenance and Guitar/Bass Guitar Effects Pedal Building! Brian Spragg put together this short demo video about his Guitar/Bass Guitar Effects Pedal Building class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEbkG_FIZyA Rock enRoll Today for Fall 2016 - Session Two! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe71ogvhuKZs2RLaGH5idbunKggtDtAbZHP-0qtQqGWrnNiPg/viewform Bookworm Effects Walt Sarkees

PopShopWV Build a Guitar/Bass Effects Pedal! (Click to Play)

In Morgantown, WV, we offer a class that teaches how to distinguish between effects, how to use them, and even building your own effects pedal to take home! ...

Thanks, Jeffrey Carver! Jeffrey Carver Acoustic

Jeffrey Carver Acoustic

Jeffrey Carver has a show on 10/15/2016 at 08:30 AM @ Morgantown Farmer'... in Morgantown, WV https://www.reverbnation.com/q/6r2cd8

New sign! New logo! New swag!

PopShop had a brand new exterior sign installed today! Our banner was ripped in a late Summer storm and was replace with this 9 foot sign. Oh yeah... PopShop has a brand new logo! Thank you, Brian Pickens for helping us rebrand for the future! Stickers and T-shirts are on the way. Stay tuned!!!

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



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