- 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 2018 Fall Session Two - is NOW OPEN!

Classes Offered Fall Session Two:

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!


PopShop Fall 2018 - Session Two is now in session!

Pay Online: PopShop Classes Fall 2018 - Session Two

Registration for PopShop Spring 2019 - Session One is now OPEN!


Pay Online: PopShop Classes Spring 2019 - Session One


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


Here are some ladies that are getting it done! Check out this ALL female band with Sara Bareilles last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert! SO FREAKING GOOD!!! *Special shout out to WVU grad Allison Miller on drums (behind Sara/stage right) and Meg Toohey on guitar/backing vocals! Meg chatted with PopShop Girls Rock! Campers this past summer! (Hey Allison, next year?)* https://youtu.be/QkNym9S8uMw

A bit of Thursday inspiration! <3

Cabin Fever Craft Beer Fest is once again offering event volunteers a $50 donation to the organization of their choice. If you would like to help raise some "easy" money for PopShop, you can apply to do so here-> http://wvbeerfest.com/register/volunteer-entry/ 2019 marks our third year of volunteering at the Cabin Fever Craft Beer Fest. Last year PopShop provided 11 volunteers (totaling a donation of $550)!

PopShop staffers are currently working on the Fall 2018 - Session Two Schedule. While the registration deadline has passed, there are very limited spots available. Needs include experienced guitarists, and bassists. Other instruments considered. Send us a message and we'll provide more information!

PopShop takes the show to the farm tomorrow, Sunday October 21st! Five awesome bands will rock Kids Day at the Farm located at Rich Farms, Inc beginning at 1pm! Come see us in the barn! Here’s the musical lineup: 1pm - Girl Talk 1:20 - Twizted Twizzlerz 1:40 - The Weezer Dragonz 2pm - Controlled Chaos 2:30 - Odd Men Out Music, hayrides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, animals, inflatables, and more! http://kidsdayatthefarm.com/

A HUGE "rockstar local business shout-out" to Generators Plus in Westover! PopShop approached Tony and Meme at Generators Plus in September about generator options for future outdoor shows and parades. We needed a very specific (ultra quiet, low/no exhaust) option for our show needs. After telling them more about PopShop, they suggested two Kohler enCube 1.8 solar generators and solar panels. Knowing that we are a non profit, they then suggested that we apply for a grant for the generators from the Scott Electric Foundation. After an extremely easy application and quick review, PopShop was approved! Thank you so much for your kindness and service to PopShop, Mechelle and Tony!


A huge thank you to our PopShop students and entire community for your generous donations to The Pantry Plus More during ROCKTOBERFEST 2018! Great work!

Music Theory Monday!

Don’t miss Uncharted Official tomorrow night (7-8pm) performing on the outdoor stage at Rich Farms, Inc Fright Farm!



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