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• Dr. Jackie Vogel, program chair for NCTM 2009 Regional Conference
where I did the opening plenary keynote: “his
session was a perfect connection to the annual theme [‘connections – linking concepts
and context’]. Larry’s show was high energy and had a nice entertainment and
mathematical content. The ballroom was completely packed. The mathematical
content was varied enough to appeal to all levels: elementary through college
• Dr. Jim Tattersall, MAA Associate Secretary: “terrific performance at the MathFest Opening
Banquet in Madison, Wisconsin this summer.
The 365 attendees were thrilled with your musical expertise. At the end of your program, they showed
their appreciation by giving you a standing ovation. It was a great way to start our 2008 summer
meeting. The mathematical community is
fortunate to have such a talented person as you.”
• Dr. Marjorie Lewkowicz, 2004 Georgia Perimeter College
Mathematics Conference Program Committee: “Your performance was outstanding and was thoroughly
enjoyed by all. Your contribution helped make the conference a great
• Marc Furigay, Creator/Founder of Classroom Jams Productions (featured
on 2009’s Episode 2 of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’): “Seems
you’ve really gotten your stuff out there. I dig your clever lyrics. Thanks
for helping people understand how powerful music is as a teaching tool.”
• Rich Zucker, 2004 California Math Council Community Colleges
South conference Program Committee: “Thank
you for a wonderful evening!”
GEPCTM Conference Chair Lori Correll: “Thank you for a great start to our conference”
the March 31, 2002 Herald Sun (based in Melbourne and Victoria, it’s Australia’s
"Lesser has discovered the secret to fostering a love for mathematics in
his students.... Dr. Lesser won't whack his precious words into any old
song. He chooses his songs lovingly..."
• From the editorial (p. 66) in the Autumn 2001 Teaching
"[Lesser's article in this issue] ranges far and wide, and is full of
ideas that might help to stimulate your pupils and students to take a deeper
interest in statistics. The message that comes over to me is that it is
truly amazing where statistics turns up, and it is also truly amazing to see
the breadth of serious other interests that statisticians have."
• From the editorial (p. 2) in the Winter 2002 issue of the
American Statistical Association's magazine STATS:
"[Lesser] has penned (and performed) several clever and entertaining lyrics
based on popular tunes that deal with statistics issues.
Be forewarned, reader -- you may find yourself singing those songs as you read
• From the Aug/Sept. 2000 Focus (Mathematical
Association of America's national newsletter):
"...the most mathematical songwriter since Tom Lehrer"
Dr. Dane R. Camp, an Illinois
high school mathematics teacher who has led national and statewide “math-song
sing-alongs” and chaired the Mathematics Teacher Editorial Panel,
"I am always impressed at how much research you put into your [math and music]
articles. They are not fluff, by any means. As a former college
DJ, I found the references to pop music very interesting."
• From a featured 2001 "Math News" item at StudyWorks! Online, a resource of
MathSoft Engineering and Education, Inc.
"Lesser teaches mathematics using songs, adding life to a subject people
sometimes expect to be lifeless....
[Lesser] has a talent for combining music and technical material."
• Sue Rarus, the Manager of Information Services at the National Association for Music Education, wrote:
"Very very clever and very interesting! I wish they'd had
something like this when I was learning my algebra! We will keep the website
reference in our file of interdisciplinary curriculum, and refer callers to
it when we get a request along those lines."
• Alan O'Day, songwriter who's had #1 radio hits as well as
written for National Geographic Children's videos, etc., wrote:
"I am impressed. Having always approached music from a decidedly UN-mathematical
perspective, I think it's great that you have made this unique whimsical
approach work so well."
• John Chase, middle school
teacher and co-founder of M.U.S.I.C.
(Musicians United for Songs In the Classroom, a nonprofit national
organization promoting the educational use of popular songs by teachers in
all subject areas), wrote:
"I have created a link to your excellent web site from the 'Classroom Strategies
and Resources' section of our web site.....I have added 'American Pi', 'Fifty
Ways to Work a Problem' and 'The Way I Learn Best' to our Song Directory."
[Note: Those 3 lyrics have also been republished by M.U.S.I.C. with
permission in the 2nd edition (2001) of its sourcebook Learning with
• Jessica Baron Turner, founder of Guitars in the Classroom (a non-profit
grant program bringing music with guitars into the elementary school
"We are in complete agreement about ways to work math and music together....I'd
love to share your work with the teachers at our pilot schools. I've
already referred all the facilitators to your [web]site."
• Linda Oliver, 2000 Chatham County (GA) "Teacher of the
Lesser was a master at grabbing and holding their [4th-graders'] attention by
using music and magic. He brought in several instruments and used them to
make connections between mathematics and music or sang a tune about some mathematical
• Arlene Hansen, assistant director of University
of Northern Colorado's Sponsored Programs & Academic Research
“What a great idea for teaching math! If I had had something like
this, maybe I’d be an engineer today....”
• Evelyn Aimar, 1993 Chatham County (GA) "Teacher of the
"I shared your [fractions and music] lesson with Mr. Patricio and he told
me today that he had tried it with fifth graders and it worked well. See
what an impact you are having on Hesse Elementary students."
• From the October 12, 2000 Savannah Morning News:
"He has synthesized his two main interests into an innovative, hands-on approach
to teaching mathematics"
• Written comments from in-service teachers attending recent
“What a powerful idea for any math classroom!”
“Your presentation on pitch and length of guitar strings stimulated my interest.”
“Would love to be able to sing these with my students.”
"I enjoyed the talk and plan to use it to some degree in several classes.
I am excited to have a fresh, new idea."
"I was so inspired, I'm thinking of taking up playing guitar again.
Thanks again for a FUN workshop."
"This is a great idea and you have some really clever songs. There
was a nice variety of activities besides the songs."
"Thanks for thinking and teaching 'out of the box'! "
"Great! I love to sing and have been looking for ways to include that talent
into my teaching."
"I liked the fact you talked about not needing talent"
• Linda Nash, 2000 program chair for Georgia's
annual conference of mathematics teachers, wrote a week after my keynote:
"I really had a great time ... thanks mainly to folks like you who made it
all come together. I'm still humming some of your tunes."