- 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




This Friday at 123 Pleasant Street is a back-to-school show that has PopShop instructors (Beast Friend) and former students (She's A Wizard, and Before I Sleep Official) performing! The event kicks off at 9 pm, is $5, and even though the show is 18+, kids under 18 can get in if they have a parent/legal guardian with them. :)

If you are interested in volunteering for the Cabin Fever Craft Beer Fest, please sign up ASAP! If you volunteer on behalf of PopShop, they’ll donate $50! This event is always a blast!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! If you were on the VERY NICE list and were gifted a musical instrument this year, please call or message us to set up private lessons or performance classes! On another note: Way to go parents/grandparents/loved ones! U 🤘!

Merry Christmas from PopShop! We have two tickets to “Home For The Holidays” at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh (tomorrow, December 19th - 7:30pm). The first person to post “PopShop Rocks” on this post gets the tickets (free)! Don’t miss a wine tasting from Pittsburgh Winery as well as performances from Donnie Iris, Scott Blasey (the Clarks), Bill Deasy (the Gathering Field), Joy Ike, and many more! https://www.facebook.com/events/1984684908498006/?ti=ia

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Tonight at 123 Pleasant Street: Show one of PopShop Presents - Winterfest 2018! Don't miss these great groups, including an alumni band and a jam session! PopShopWV Presents: ROCKTOBERFEST 2018 Saturday, December 15th, 2018 6:40 - Noodles & The Soup - Don’t Dream It’s Over, And She Was, Dirty Work, Sultans of Swing, You Get What You Give, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight (John Taylor, Steven Frisch, Jamie Van Nostrand, Jeffrey Carver, Chris Wade) 7:15 - Felix Byron (solo acoustic) 7:30 - Controlled Chaos - (Brian Ringler, David Brown, Joseph Noll, Tim Koch) 7:55 - Basden Coast - Fine Without You, Lean In When I Suffer (Aiyanna Morrison, Isabella Stevens, Sabrina Basden, Ella Tillotson) 8:15 - Mainstreet Hustle (alumni band) (Maddye Calandrella, Henry Barkey, Seth Collins, Chase Sutton, Kuba Jaczynski) 8:45 - PopShop Jam - (staff, students, alumni, etc) If you can't join us at 123 Pleasant St, please tune into the live Facebook stream on the PopShop page! (Thank you, Joseph Noll Videography, for providing the live stream!)

We are so proud of this young man! Keep your eye and ears out for Cody Clayton Eagle!

15 @popshopwv bands rock the stage of @123pleasant this Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th!



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