Just Passing By

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Just Passing By is perfect for graduation ceremonies and celebrating the end of the school year. This song explores celebrating friendship, looking ahead, and saying goodbye but remembering shared experiences. The words are appropriate for singers of all ages to sing for retirements and other farewells.

Written in a pop style, this song is sure to be a hit with students (and adults!) of all ages.

Voicing Options:

  • Unison – key of Eb
  • Unison – key of G
  • SSA – key of G

Listen to the Donna & Andy performance track:

Unison Download includes:

  • Vocal score
  • Lead sheet
  • Director/piano score
  • Lyrics
  • Accompaniment – with melody guide
  • Accompaniment – piano
  • Bonus: Donna & Andy – performance track
  • Donna & Andy band – instrumental track (key of E♭)
  • 12 Cross-curricular Activities
  • Colouring page

SSA Download includes:

  • SSA score (vocal and piano)
  • Lyrics
  • Accompaniment – piano

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Just Passing By

Unison - Key of Eb

Context       Choir: elementary, middle school, high school, adult/community, vocal solo

Level                Age 12 and up, grade 4-6, middle school, high school, adult

Vocal Range     B♭3 - C5 

Audio Sample   melody plus piano

Just Passing By - composed by Donna Rhodenizer - Lyrics - SAMPLE - artwork by Richard Bennett

Unison - Key of G

Context      Choir: elementary, middle school, high school, adult/community, vocal solo

Level                Age 12 and up, middle school, high school, adult

Vocal Range     D4 - E5

Audio Sample   Sample track - melody plus piano

Just Passing By - composed by Donna Rhodenizer - Lyrics - SAMPLE - artwork by Richard Bennett

SSA - Key of G

Context             Choir: elementary, middle school, high school, adult/community

Level                 Age 12 and up, middle school, high school, adult

Audio Sample   SSA - performed by The Aeolian Singers, Halifax NS, Canada

Just Passing By - composed by Donna Rhodenizer - Lyrics - SAMPLE - artwork by Richard Bennett

Part of a Song Collection

Just Passing By is one of 12 songs from the award-winning song collection "Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me". Donna Rhodenizer has written these songs in a variety of styles and skill levels for singers from ages 5-12+.

Learn more about this fun collection for elementary-aged kids, choirs and solo vocal students. The 122-page book provides the vocal score, full score and separate lyrics pages for 12 songs. Enjoy! 

Please note: audio tracks for the e-book version are sold separately. Print copies of the book include CD (24 tracks)

Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me - Songbook - by Donna & Andy

Cross-curricular extensions

The Just Passing By cross-curricular extensions are provided in the following subject areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Personal Development
  • Visual Art
  • Memory Skills
  • Social Studies
  • Personal development
  • History
  • Math

Sequential instructions are provided for each activity. Preparation/supplies are indicated.

View activities sample pages here

Download with your purchase of the unison versions of Just Passing By

Stream and purchase Audio tracks

Stream or Purchase from many streaming sites including: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer.

Get audio tracks and activities with a Donna & Andy Membership

The Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me  CD (Donna & Andy performance and instrumental) tracks (24) are available for download or physical CD purchase on this website.

Colouring Page - Download

Download (pdf), print and have fun colouring this page while you listen to the song Just Passing By Enjoy 35 more colouring pages when you get a "Top of the Class"  Donna & Andy Membership.

Just Passing By - song by Donna Rhodenizer

Composer's Notes

Just Passing By

Just Passing By was written for a very special group of grade six students who were leaving my elementary school music program and moving on to grade seven in a different school. It was sad to see them go but we were all excited about the possibilities that were ahead of them.

The inspiration for the song came from my discovery of a quote made by famous Quaker missionary, Stephen Grellet (1773-1855):

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I will not pass this way again.”

Not only did this quote inspire the writing of my song, but it was also good advice for being kind and making a positive difference in the world around us. I made a poster of this quote and had it on the wall in my music room for many years.

Over the years I have initiated discussions with my “graduating” students about their excitement and trepidation surrounding leaving elementary school and moving on to a different school with new possibilities and lots of unknowns. The bonds we form with our friends is a great source of strength as we grow together, and a source of comfort when we remember those who we may no longer see, but who have helped us on our journey so far.

Changing the final chorus of Just Passing By helped create a positive spin on this farewell song. “As we pass by, our memories will not let this end. If just in memories, I know we’ll pass this way again.”

You're Invited

When you have enjoyed singing this song and doing the activities with your students - please drop by again and leave a Review on this page. Thanks!

Please send us your performance video of Just Passing By - we might be able to post it on this page!

Just Passing By - song by Donna Rhodenizer - artwork by Richard Bennett

Concert Repertoire

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. 

Just Passing By - Grad Cap and Diploma

Expressive Singing

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.

Form

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?

Musical Roadmap

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.

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".

Donna & Andy - very young & not so young

Cross-curricular Extensions 

The Just Passing By  cross-curricular extensions are provided in the following subject areas:

-  Language Arts

-  Personal Development

-  Visual Art

-  Memory Skills

-  Social Studies

-  Personal development

-  History

-  Math

Sequential instructions are provided for each activity. Preparation/supplies are indicated

View activities sample pages here

Download with your purchase of the unison versions of Just Passing By

Listen and discuss

Extend the song into a time of discussion and personal reflection.

  •   Listen to the performance track (vocals and band) of Just Passing By
  •   Read the lyrics and get to know the music.
  •   Use Just Passing By to initiate and stimulate engaging discussion with students.

- 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?

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