- PopShop - Performance Academy in Morgantown

Learn Music - Have Fun - Rock out

PopShop - Rock EnROLL today!

Learn Music! PopShop, located in Morgantown, WV, is a non pro Music Lessons in Morgantown fit 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. Performance Academy in Morgantown school of rock

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 PopShopWV Fall 2019 - Session One is NOW OPEN!

Classes Offered Fall - Session One:

Guitar/Bass Effects Pedal Class (Beginner)

Groups will meet for four 90 minute classes to learn about how most analog pedals work. Students will then build their own pedal to take home at the end of the class! (Choice of six different pedal options: Guitar Distortion, Guitar Fuzz, Boost, Treble Boost, Bass Overdrive, and Bass Fuzz)

Guitar/Bass Effects Pedal Class (Advanced)

Groups will meet for four 90 minute classes to learn about some more advanced circuits, and then build their own pedal to take home at the end of the class! (Choice of four: Atticus Finch Overdrive, Pancake Trilobite 2xFuzz, BigWig Bass Driver, Malta Kano Distorted Reverb)

Guitar and Bass Tech Class

Students will meet for four 90 minute hands-on classes of complete electric guitar and bass maintenance and basic common repairs. Learn to keep your instrument in top performance shape and save money on setups and repairs.

Audio Mixing Basics Class

Students will meet for four 90 minute classes providing an 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.

  • 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 that we need: Guitar(s), Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Vocalist(s), Wind Instruments. Other instruments can be incorporated. Please inquire about yours!


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Upcoming Shows and Events:

PopShop Fall 2018 - Session Two Begins

Fall 2018 - Session Two performance classes begin (6 week session)!

Monday, October 29th @ 918 Fortney St - Morgantown, WV

WINTERFEST 2018 Concerts

Final performance for all Fall 2018 - Session Two Performance bands!

Saturday and Sunday, December 15th (6pm) and 16th (1pm) @ 123 Pleasant St - Morgantown, WV

PopShop Spring 2019 - Session One Begins

Spring 2019 - Session One performance classes begin (6 week session)!

Monday, January 21st @ 918 Fortney 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


❤️ Let’s encourage kids to create and be unique every day! This will build better students and humans!

Thank you Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc., City Of Morgantown, Monongalia County Commission, Arts Monongahela, and the Douglas H. Tanner Memorial Fund!

We ❤️ Pattys Art Spot! This is your chance to get a tattoo, see some incredible music (Annelies from Before I Sleep Official, Howitzer, She’s A Wizard), song karaoke, eat ice cream, all while supporting PopShop!

PopShop Fall 2019 - Session One begins the week of Monday, September 2nd, 2019! Session One concludes with the ROCKTOBERFEST 2019 CONCERT on Sunday, October 20th at 123 Pleasant Street! Registration is now open! ROCK enROLL today! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnTIQvJC164IxVAPrIK9aaUv-k79cNdkaQ9eO-_-kL_RBYyw/viewform 📷: Craig Acheson

Thank you Pattys Art Spot for hosting another PopShop fundraiser! Join us for an afternoon of music, tattoos, fun, and an ice cream bar!!! This Sunday at 1836 Listravia Ave in Sabraton!


WVU percussion alumni, friend, and incredible drummer Allison Miller showing just how melodic the drum set is.

Congratulations to former PopShop (and current University of Louisville) student Annalie Durbin on the the release of Boggy-Walk and the Buffalos debut EP! Great work, Annelie! Check it out here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/karma-khaos-ep/1469425866

ROCK enROLL for the last two PopShop Performance Camps of the Summer. We need musicians of all ages and instruments to help complete bands! PopShop Summer Performance Camp 2 (Morgantown, WV) July 8-12 - Groups will meet for two hours rehearsals (M-F = 10 hours total instruction) at PopShop located at 918 Fortney St in Morgantown, WV. Campers will present a public performance to feature their work on Saturday, July 13! PopShop Summer Performance Camp 3 (Fairmont State University - Fairmont, WV) July 15-19 - Groups will meet for two hours rehearsals (M-F = 10 hours total instruction) at Wallman Hall on the campus of Fairmont State University. Campers will present a public performance to feature their work on Saturday, July 20th! (Main Stage at Palantine Park) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeskyR20grjmJ1sb4dqG26S1W-y8tvnwbgvgW1Akt9FS4QkqA/viewform



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