Richard Strauss’ Tone Poem: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Musical Lesson


Silliness, pranks, jokes – that’s what children are made of! This fun musical lesson plan will resonate with young and old alike. Students will learn about the the composer, Richard Strauss, and his famous tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several writing activities, musical activities, theater (theatre) activities, dance activities and/or art activities to go along.

This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers. The the entire concerto is about 10 minutes long (the movements are 2-3 minutes each) and the lesson could take about 30 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take 15+ minutes to complete.


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Packet Includes:

  • Lesson plan about Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
  • Listening guides to Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • Richard Strauss: In Depth about the composer (including pictures)
  • Vocabulary
  • Printable worksheets
    • Richard Strauss and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
    • Life as a Jester writing & art activity
    • The Escapades of Till Eulenspiegel writing prompt
    • Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Mini Book
    • Zentangle Jester Hat
  • Several writing, art, theater and drama activities
  • Answer key
  • Lesson takes about 30 minutes
  • Activities take 15+ minutes to complete
  • Grades: K-6
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • 39 pages