Update: Original Song Competition

It’s been awhile since we’ve had the blog up and we have updates for our Original Song Competition!

I will continue to update it as information comes in, but we are very excited for what we have planned.

First, here is a list of the prizes and a break down of the winners:

*A winner will be chosen from each of four categories and an overall winner will be chosen from the four. The Overall Winner will receive 6 hours of recording studio time and the Category Winners will receive 2 hours.

Categories are Pop/Vocal, Instrumental-Piano, Instrumental-Other, and Vocal Classical.

*Judges’ Favorites: each of our judges will be choosing a favorite who will receive a mentoring session with that judge (our judges are awesome and talented too!)

*Audience Choice: during the competition, audience members will be able to vote for their favorites using a particular hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

*Best Performance/Showmanship Award

*The Queen’s Award chosen by community beauty queens.

Some additional prizes include a guitar, professional photo session, gift cards, and other great things that we will be posting soon.

Keep updated as we finalize and add more information. It’s going to be a great night for a family outing!

Meet Our Teachers: Ken Culmone (Drum) & Drum Set Demo

Ken Culmone (2000)

We are very excited to introduce a new drum teacher to our studios. Meet Ken Culmone of Culmone Percussion Drum Studios.  Ken is a Certified Professional Instructor who graduated from the Academy of Musical Arts in Montclaire, NJ and has  a MPA Graduate with Honors from BYU. With 44 years of performing experience and 28 in teaching, he is the perfect choice for a drum instructor.

Not only will your student become a proficient drummer and percussionist, they will learn music theory, receive credits, and put themselves in great positions to earn college scholarships.

We are so excited to have Ken with us in our studios. He is now accepting new students for lessons at the Day Murray Music studios and is holding a special Drum Set Demo and Student Enrollment Fair on Saturday, May 3 from 12:30-1:30 in our recital hall.  

This is the perfect time to swing by, talk with Ken, and get enrolled in drum lessons. And if you have wondered about what drum lessons entail, Ken has put together this great YouTube video, “20 Things to Know About Drum Lessons”. We hope to see you there! Call the store with any questions, 801-266-3537.

The Day Murray Music Original Song Competition: Are You Ready?


Are you ready? Because we are! This year’s Day Murray Music Original Song Competition is already chalking up to be bigger and better than last year. We can’t divulge all of our secrets just yet, but here are two new features since last year:

1. We will be having a Preliminary Judging Round. Finalists will be selected from that round who will then perform in our Final Round of Competition on Friday, August 8, 2014.

2. All of the Finalists will have the chance to professionally record their songs in our new recording studio!!!

I hope you just felt goosebumps, because I did!

We are also going to be holding Songwriting Workshops with some of the best local artists. It will provide you with an opportunity to do some final tweaking to your song. And, even if you don’t enter, and you’d like to know about songwriting, it will be a great experience. Stay tuned for more details and information about prizes.

In the meantime, if you feel you’re ready, we have applications available. Please download it, fill it out, and return it either to our store or email us at dmmcontest@gmail.com.

Download it here.

We are excited to see even more talented musicians this year!

The Lamb of God: An Easter Musical Treat!


This Easter, if you’re looking for a musical treat to get ready for the holiday, take your family to see “The Lamb of God”.  It is a sacred musical retelling of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ, His Atonement and Resurrection. Written and composed by Rob Gardner, it recounts the events through the eyes of those who loved Him and knew Him best: Peter, John, Thomas, Mary and Martha of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, and His mother Mary.

It is being held March 28 and 29 at the Cottonwood High Auditorium. Friday night’s performance is at 7 pm and Saturday’s at 2 pm.

I was able to attend last year, and I left feeling uplifted, inspired, and closer to the Savior. It’s a beautiful experience, complete with a large choir, orchestra, and several talented soloists.

Here’s a taste of what you will experience:

Tickets are still available but going fast! Purchase them here and take your family. 

For a few of you, your tickets will be on us! Yep, we have four pairs of tickets to giveaway. To enter, follow our Facebook page and comment on the post when it goes live. The contest will be a fast one, so be sure to like our page! You may also leave a comment below and let us know your family’s favorite Easter tradition. Winners will be chosen by Wednesday, March 26 at 9 pm Mountain Time.  Good luck!

The Blog Is Back!

We took a short hiatus here on our little blog bu we are back and have some fun things in store! Here are some things you can look forward to:

*The newest releases in our store for a variety of instruments and voice

*Updates on events and specials

*The latest and greatest in teaching techniques and theories

*Highlights of great talent, both known and unknown

*Our favorite musical quotes and activities

And coming soon, we will have information on our second annual Original Song Competition and our newest project, the “Adopt-A-Musician” program.

We are so excited for all that lies in store! Stay tuned!


Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals!


Day Murray Music is proud to have been a part of the Murray community for 67 years, and we are so excited to be a part of Small Business Saturday. Small businesses are an integral part of our country’s economy and we encourage you to shop at and support small businesses this weekend while you are out and about!

In addition to our great boutique we are having on Saturday, we have some great deals that you will definitely want to stop in and check out.  Ready to see them? Here we go!

Did you know that we sell guitars? Well, we do! And when you buy them with us, you will be receiving the best customer service. We will sit down and walk you through the different models, listen to who the student is and what their goals are, and help you find the best guitar possible for you or your student. We can also recommend great books and sheet music, and help you find the best guitar teacher for your student and your budget. You won’t get lost in the crowd or have to worry about whether or not you are making the best purchase for your student. Let us help you!

We have a fantastic line of acoustic Teton guitars, in both cedar top and spruce top. This weekend, we have a great deal. Buy an acoustic guitar and a soft shell guitar case, receive $15 off, and get a method book for free. Buy an acoustic guitar and hard shell case, receive $20 off and a method book for free!


If you’re in the market for an electric guitar, we are selling them at COST. Yes, you read right! Cost. We have a beautiful Les Paul style model and a strat style. While supplies last so jump on this deal!


We are also excited to be getting in new models that we’ve never stocked before of acoustic guitars, just in time for the holidays. If you have questions about guitars, call Jared directly at the store: 801-266-3537.

We also have some great book bundles, just for this weekend only. If you, or your musician, are a fan of Marshall McDonald or Jason Tonioli, be sure to stop by and grab this deal! We will have all three of his books in a bundle for 10% off.  His books include: “Christmas Classics for Piano Solo”, “Hymns for the Sabbath Volume 1″, and “Hymns for the Sabbath Volume 2″.


If you love Jason Tonioli, you will be able to snag any three of his books in a bundle for 10% off as well! He has several titles, including: “A Christmas Gift”, “A Christmas Lullaby”, “Favorite LDS Piano Solos”, Favorite LDS Piano Solos II”, “Favorite LDS Piano Solos III”, “Shenandoah”, and “Wedding Day”. Pick your three favorites and score the 10% off!



That’s not all we have either. Come in and choose any three of your favorite Christmas books, three of your favorite chart hits, three favorite Broadway hits, or three of your favorite movie collection books and receive either 10% off the bundle or FREE binding on the books. It’s your choice! Now is a great time to either stock up on your favorites for yourself or for your favorite musician.


We also have gift certificates available for any amount. They make a great stocking stuffer! And don’t forget that Saturday is also our boutique. We will be having more drawings and giveaways, cookies, and more. Stop by and  SHOP SMALL!


Week of Giveaways: Mialisia Jewelry!


Our next fabulous giveaways comes from Carrie Perucca of Mialisia Jewelry. If you have never tried Mialisia, you are in for a treat!

Mialisia Jewelry believes that the jewelry you wear is an extension of you. It expresses your mood, your attitude, your personality. That’s why Mialisia’s interchangeable jewelry, backed by a lifetime limited warranty, converts into a dozen different looks providing both options and value to the woman on the go. It has hooks on both ends which allows one piece of jewelry to be a necklace, bracelet, anklet, boot bling, lanyard, hat bling, purse bling, headband… The entire Mialisia Jewelry line is both stylish and sophisticated, but it doesn’t carry the expected price tag.

How awesome is that? As women, we are all about convenience without sacrificing fashion. This is the perfect jewelry for that! And Carrie is giving away one of these fabulous pair of earrings to one lucky fan! Enter below and checkout Carrie’s website to find out more.

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Week of Giveaways: Usborne Books!

Happy Monday! We are so excited for our Holiday Boutique this week. On Saturday, join us for some great shopping all in one place at our store.


To make things exciting, we are hosting giveaways all week here on the blog and on Facebook. We have some fantastic vendors! Our first giveaway was posted on Saturday on our Facebook page here for a chance to win The Piano Guys’ “A Family Christmas” book. Be sure to check it out.

Our first vendor is Rachael Day from Usborne Books. If you haven’t checked out Usborne before, you are in for a treat! They have over 5,000 titles of books, all geared towards helping children learn and love to read. We have a fun library of their books at home and my kids love reading time. I even find them in their rooms with the books propped open on their laps, no encouragement needed!

Rachael will be there Saturday with a great variety of books to look through. They make great gifts for young and old! And today, we have a giveaway for a fun book called “1001 Things to Find at Christmas”. The book literally has 1001 things packed into its pages for kids to count and find.

1001 christmas

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below! If you would like to check out her website, visit here. And for any questions, email Rachael at rachaelsbooknook@gmail.com.

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The Day Murray Music Holiday Boutique Week of Giveaways!


We are so excited for the beginning of the Christmas season and for our first ever Holiday Boutique next Saturday. We have some amazing vendors that are going to be a part of it as well as some fun things for the store. We will have cookies and drawings as well that day. This week, I will be featuring each one of our vendors as well as some great gift ideas for that favorite musician in your life. Be sure to follow along here on the blog! Here’s a list of the vendors we will be featuring:

Usborne Books

Mialisia Jewelry

DoTerra Essential Oils

Daylight Digital Designs

Paparazzi Jewelry


Origami Owl

Felicity Clothing

It Works

Love You Bunches

Lularoe Clothing


Discovery Toys

Sheet Music Specialists