Just Passing By
Popular Graduation Song
Celebrate your graduates with a special song.
Use “Just Passing By” at graduation ceremonies with the soundtrack or with a live performance.
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Just Passing By is perfect for graduation ceremonies and celebrating the end of the school year with your students. This song explores celebrating friendship, looking ahead, and saying goodbye but remembering shared experiences. Play the performance track for your special students or have them learn the song and sing it themselves using the instrumental accompaniment track. Written in a pop style, this song is sure to be a hit with students (and adults!) of all ages. The French version of Just Passing By (Une traversée) is also included in the Super Pack.
Discuss the words of the song.
Use dynamics to support the lyrics and sing expressively.
The mood of this song is optimistic even though the singer is saying goodbye.
The key change before the third chorus helps “lift” the piece and give it some momentum.Use the higher, brighter sound created by the key change to convey the sense of optimism of the lyrics.
Just Passing By begins with the chorus. The form of the piece is ABABA - Chorus, verse, chorus, verse, altered chorus.
Although there are three choruses, in the third chorus the words change.How will you sing the third chorus differently than the previous two choruses?
You will need to know how to follow the musical “road map” of this song.
Discuss repeat signs and 1st and 2nd endings.Follow the music as you listen to the performance track.
Teachers: is singing restricted in your area?
The full performance track of Just Passing By can be used in graduation ceremonies (online and in person).
1. Play the track as the students assemble or leave their graduation ceremony.
2. Play the track as part of a video presentation.
Special Graduation Presentation
Have each member of the graduating class provide their photo from Kindergarten plus a more recent photo.
Organize the photos in two-photo groupings showing the younger photo first and then reveal who that youngster is by showing their recent photo.
Use the performance track of Just Passing By as the background for your photo presentation for a memorable walk down "memory lane".
The audio tracks for Just Passing By are performed by singing duo, Donna & Andy. They have been writing, performing and recording top quality music for children since 1996. Printed books, e-books, digital downloads and full CDs of their music are available on the store page!
The Just Passing By - Super Pack provides 12 activities in a variety of curricular subject areas. Cross-curricular extensions are provided in the following subject areas:
- Language Arts
- Personal Development
- Visual Art
- Memory Skills
- Social Studies
- Personal development
Sequential instructions are provided for each activity. Preparation/supplies are indicated
Listen and discuss
Extend the song into a time of discussion and personal reflection.
- How do the students feel about graduating?
- Discuss the emotions of ending one phase of life and beginning another.
- At what other occasions might people feel these same emotions?
Just Passing By - Donna & Andy (English)
click on the lyrics to read along as you listen
Vocal and Band (sample)
Just Passing By - French (Une traversée)
click on the lyrics to read along as you listen
Vocal and Band - French (sample)
Just Passing By (instrumental)
Band only (sample)
The audio tracks included in the Just Passing By - Super Pack can be used for concert and studio recitals.
No Licensing fee is required to add these tracks to online classes or performances.
Just Passing By - Super Pack - Audio and Printables
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Composer, Elementary Music Specialist, Performer
Donna has been writing songs for young elementary-aged singers since the 1980s, with over 400 songs in her catalogue! She is intrigued by the world around her and delights in sharing her unique perspective writing songs that are catchy and capture the imagination of young singers. The playfulness of her lyrics and musical stylings make her songs favourites with elementary students and young vocal students the solid musical value of her writing makes her songs popular with music educators in elementary classrooms and private vocal studios.
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