- 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 classes are currently in session!

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

Fall 2016 classes are now in session! Stay tuned for info on Spring 2017 - Session One.

*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 Two


Upcoming Shows and Events:

PopShopWV Presents Wintererfest 2016 Show One!

Final performance of Fall 2016 - Session Two. Join us for an evening of rock at 123 Pleasant St!

Saturday, December 17th - 6pm.

PopShopWV Presents Wintererfest 2016 Show Two!

Final performance of Fall 2016 - Session Two. Join us for a great afternoon of rock at 123 Pleasant St!

Sunday, December 18th - 1pm.

PopShop Spring 2017 - Session One Begins

Spring Session One classes begin!

Monday, January 23rd


  • "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


One PopShop group just landed a huge show! The It's Better Than Your Morning Show Show (WCLGRocks) has arranged for Warner Bros recording artists Trapt to perform at Schmitt's Saloon next Wednesday, December 7th and Before I Sleep will open the show at 8pm. This is a huge opportunity for this talented group of young ladies and we could not be more excited for them! A huge thank you to Owen Schmitt from Schmitt's Saloon and Alex and Big Ric from the "It's Better Than Your Morning Show Show"! Tickets are available here->

Thank you for making PopShop's first #GIVINGTUESDAY a success! This was officially our first fundraising campaign and we learned so much from other wonderful non profit organizations from all over the world. If you missed donating to PopShop or any of your favorite charities on Giving Tuesday, please consider a donation before the end of the year! <3 www.popshopwv.com/giving

#givingtuesday popshopwv.com/giving

PopShop began in the Summer of 2010 with the crazy idea to start a privately owned music school for students to learn to play popular music in a group setting. It started with 11 home schooled students. Within a few years PopShop outgrew its first and second locations while adding over 80 students. As the program grew, so did the need for more equipment and an even larger studio space. After personally purchasing equipment and running the business on my own, I made the decision to transition PopShop to a non profit organization in order to best serve the growth of the program. Student tuition covers the basic operational costs (facility, instructors, equipment maintenance). However, in order to grow and expand this community-driven program, PopShop relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. This #GIVINGTUESDAY PopShop is fundraising to purchase a dedicated travel sound system to provide our students with additional live performance opportunities to showcase their talent at community and private events. I would like to personally thank you for your continued support of PopShop and our mission. Chris Russell Executive Director - PopShopWV Inc www.popshopwv.com/giving


PopShop students want to take their show on the road. Your tax deductible donation on #GIVINGTUESDAY (November 29th) will help make this possible! www.popshopwv.com/giving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkWN1X3Zmpw&list=PLcEq3mahGa0NtJihUK5v4VAwRI8WafICI&index=1

PopShopWV - Giving Tuesday 2016 (Click to Play)

PopShop students want to take their show on the road! www.popshopwv.com/giving

When we started PopShop (501c3), the goal was to simply provide music education through popular music in a collaborative environment. We quickly realized that in addition to providing music instruction, we were able to develop artistic expression and encourage team building through music. This #GIVINGTUESDAY, PopShop is fundraising to purchase a dedicated travel sound system to further empower our students to take on more live performance opportunities to showcase their talent at community and private events throughout the region. Help us take our show on the road! www.popshopwv.com/giving

Donate today to PopShop's #GivingTuesday campaign to purchase a dedicated travel sound system to further empower our students to take on more live performance opportunities throughout the year to showcase their talent at community and private events throughout the region. www.popshopwv.com/giving ** One anonymous donor has generously pledged to match your tax deductible donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500! **



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