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


Halloween is a great time to spotlight “spooky,” minor music. Camille Saint-Saëns creates a ghoulish night in his Danse Macabre. This is the perfect lesson to inspire students’ imagination.


Packet includes:

  • Lesson about the Danse Macabre
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • History of Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Danse Macabre Poem by Henri Cazalis
  • Narration for the Danse Macabre
  • Vocabulary
  • Images & Posters
  • Several writing activities
  • Several visual art activities
  • Several dance activities
  • Book resources
  • Answer key

Printable worksheets:

  • Camille Saint-Saëns and the Danse Macabre worksheet
  • Danse Macabre Tombstone worksheets
  • Listen to Danse Macabre worksheet
  • The Story of the Danse Macabre worksheet
  • The Skeleton’s Story worksheet
  • Halloween Poem worksheet
  • Halloween Story worksheet
  • Create a Skeleton Craft instructions and templates
  • Halloween Coloring Page worksheet

This lesson and activities are great during the Halloween season for elementary school children and teachers. The entire Danse Macabre approximately 2:30 to 3 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.

You may also like…