Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns Musical Lesson, Activities & Worksheets


Halloween is a great time to spotlight “spooky,” minor music. Here is just such a musical lesson plan about the composer Camille Saint-Saëns and his famous Danse Macabre.

This is the perfect lesson and activity around Halloween for elementary school children and teachers. The entire Danse Macabre approximately 7-8 minutes long and the lesson could take about 45-60 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take an additional 15 minutes to several days to complete.

This is the perfect addition to a Halloween unit. A great musical resource to enrich the student’s artistic horizons.


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Lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan about the Danse Macabre
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: In Depth about the composer (including pictures)
  • Danse Macabre Poem by Henri Cazalis
  • Narration for the Danse Macabre
  • Vocabulary
  • Printable worksheet about Camille Saint-Saëns and the Danse Macabre
  • Printable Danse Macabre Tombstone Activity
  • Several writing activities
  • Several visual art activities
  • Several dance activities
  • Answer key included
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • 30 pages