- 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 One - is NOW OPEN!

This School Rocks!

Classes Offered Spring 2018 - Session One:

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 One

ROCK enROLL now for PopShopWV Spring 2018 - Session One!

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 Fall Session Two groups perform @ 123 Pleasant St!

Sunday, March 18th - 1pm - 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


All lessons/rehearsals are cancelled this evening (Wednesday, February 7th). Stay safe! Stay warm!

Don't miss this incredible show! Before I Sleep Official takes the stage at 8:30pm sharp with Beast Friend to follow! Headling the show is Snail Mail from Baltimore, MD!

This is the absolute "last call" for Spring 2018 - Session One enrollment! We still need players to complete bands (guitars!!, bassists!!, keyboardists). We have an incredible amount of prospective drummers and are working to integrate them all. https://docs.google.com/a/popshopwv.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegFt8QfHdRKmAb0HKqrFK-3SQfX9fudgm1IOyj6wX5enzQ4w/viewform

We are very excited to start Session One of 2018 at PopShop! If you haven't registered yet, there is still time to do so! The registration deadline is Saturday, January 13th. Classes begin the week of Monday, January 22nd with a concert on Sunday, March 18th at 123 Pleasant Street! ROCK enROLL TODAY! https://docs.google.com/a/popshopwv.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegFt8QfHdRKmAb0HKqrFK-3SQfX9fudgm1IOyj6wX5enzQ4w/viewform

PopShop may be building the Morgantown music scene of the future, but these former students are the PRESENT! Three great bands tonight at 123 Pleasant Street. All ages, beginning at 7pm!

Sign up to volunteer on behalf of PopShop at wvbeerfest.com This was such a fun event last year and they donated $50 to PopShop for each volunteer we provided (6 hour shift)!



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