- 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 Summer Camps 2019 - is NOW OPEN!

Camps Offered Summer 2019:

PopShop Summer Performance Camps

June 17 - 21 (Morgantown, WV), July 8 - 12 (Morgantown, WV), July 15 - 19 (Fairmont, WV)

Groups will meet for two hours rehearsals (M-F = 10 hours total instruction) and then present a public performance at the end of each camp week! (Venues TBA)

This 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 at the end of the week. Students meet for two hours a day (M-F) for one a week (10 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.

PopShop Drum Week 2019!

June 24 - 28 - (Ages 8-18)

PopShop is going to give the drummers some! This weeklong (90 minutes per day) drum camp is designed for beginning/intermediate/advanced drummers. In the past, campers have learned drum set history, new drum beats/techniques, song structure, electronic/sampled percussion, hand percussion, rudimental percussion, and how to approach the drums as a musician (not just as a drummer). Classes will be divided according to age and playing experience!

PopShop Guitar/Bass Guitar Week 2019!

June 24 - 28

Groups will meet M-F for five 90 minute lessons, learning basic routine maintenance, understanding amps, using pedals, utilizing accessories, preparing for live performances, and a special day of riffs, tips and tricks!

Guitar/Bass Effects Pedal (Basics)

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)

Class times TBD based on total registration. Register for your desired class and the instructor will contact you for scheduling.

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.

Groups will meet for two hours rehearsals (M-F = 10 hours total instruction) and then present a public performance at the end of each camp week! (Venues TBA)

Class times TBD based on total registration. Register for your desired class and the instructor will contact you for scheduling.

Audio Mixing Basics

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.

Class times TBD based on total registration. Register for your desired class and the instructor will contact you for scheduling.

Audio Engineering Class

Students will meet M-F for two hour classes to learn the basics of audio engineering. Students will learn the basics of signal flow, microphone types and applications, and then record an actual band's song! Students will also have the chance to do a quick rough mix.

Class times TBD based on total registration. Register for your desired class and the instructor will contact you for scheduling.

  • A minimum of 4 players needed to form performance classes.
  • 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, unless otherwise noted.
  • Instruments that we need: Guitar(s), Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, Vocalist(s), Wind Instruments. Other instruments can be incorporated. Please inquire about yours!


PopShop Spring 2019 - Session Two is now in session!

Pay Online: PopShop Classes Spring 2019 - Session Two

Registration for PopShop Summer Camps is NOW OPEN!


Pay Online: PopShop 2019 - Summer Camps


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


LiveStream for the PopShop Schools out for Summer 2019 Concert. Starts at 1:10 PM Sunday 5/19/19.

School's Out For Summer 2019 Sunday, May 19 2019 - 123 Pleasant St. 1:10 - SARRY THYME - Sorry Is Gone, It’s Time (Marley Akin-Olugbade, Anton Boyce, Marcos Ballester Kniska) 1:25 - Chorus Of Chaos - Fortunate Son, TNT (Damian Yoho, Carlos Arthurs, Ian Claycomb, Andrew Calvert, Alex Salisbury) 1:40 - Dream Girlz - Free Fallin, Thunder (Izzy Smith, Aspen Smith, Azlyn Eagle, Lakin Eagle) 2:00 - Steel Phantoms - Wish You Could See Me Now, Proud Mary (Emily Woods, Max Woods, Josiah Abreu, Elijah Mason, Xavier Hofer) 2:15 - Girl Talk - Just Like Fire, Party In The USA (Caroline Kendzerski, Claire Kendzerski, Sara Minchau, Lyla Proctor, Elizabeth Esposito) 2:35 - Five Roses - Don’t You Wait, Always Forever (Zorrah Lawson, Ellie Hite, Spencer Mebane, Hart Schimone, Beckett Cooke) 2:50 - Beast Coast - Carrion Flowers, When Will I Change (Tess Wolford, Isabella Stevens, Sabrina Basden, Ella Tillotson) 3:10 - Free 4 All - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Wake Up (Preslea Sodomick, Katis Henry, Jackson Henry, Cash Sodomick) 3:25 - 5 Second Rule - Think, Roar (Leila Giuliani, Hazel Iafrate, Halle Cercone, Phoebe Snider, Johnny Thomas) 3:45 - the MAKERS - How To Save A Life, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Rolling In The Deep (Molly Eldred, Emily Arnett, Abby Duncan, Katrina Hyde) 4:05 - ishouldhavebeentheonetofillyourdarksoulwithLIGHT - Cut Yr Teeth, Heroes (Emily Frisch, Levi Wolfe, Bowie Johnson, Savannah Stathakis) 4:20 - Dark Matter - Zombie, Sunday Morning (Willow Thayer, Brock Lewis, Owen Minchau, Claire von Boetticher, Ryan Minchau) 4:40 - I Don't No! - Come Together, December (Taryn Carrow, Olivia Krech, Ethan Brunet-Bailey, Julian Matthews) 5:00 - Whomst - London Calling, Waiting Room (Tyler Ford, Alexa West, Nate Hite, Gabriel Spino) 5:15 - The Mixups - My Sharona, Man In the Box (Luke Andrews, Katie Lentz, JuanEfe Giraldo, Spencer Chaplin) 5:30 - Absobloodylutely - House of the Rising Sun, Judith (Felix Byron, Chase Sutton, Harrison Staubly, Tessa Staubly) 5:45 - Retina - Nowhere, Why I Like the Robins, Walk (Hunter Acheson, Declan Falkenstein, Jake Laneve, Skyler Rife)

This is awesome! Thanks, Kississippi! We'll post a link to the live performance!

Cody’s hitting the road this week to to showcase in Nashville, TN! Watch him online at the link posted and vote for him!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! Believe it or not, there was a band rehearsing on this stage up until 8pm last night. We’ll need some help dismantling/moving/resetting this stage in the VERY near future! #studiomove #wholelottawork #newelevatoroldbuilding #operationADAcompliance

Join us for @popshopwv School’s Out For Summer 2019 concert next Sunday, May 19 at @123pleasant ! 17 incredible bands!

Audition to sing the National Anthem prior to a 2019 West Virginia Black Bears game!

ROCK enROLL for PopShop 2019 Summer Camps! https://docs.google.com/a/popshopwv.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeskyR20grjmJ1sb4dqG26S1W-y8tvnwbgvgW1Akt9FS4QkqA/viewform



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Chris Russell
(304) 833-9248