“Find,
find the value of pi  starts 3 point 1 4 1 5 9.
A good ol’ fraction you may hope to define, but the
decimal never dies ....”
 from Larry Lesser’s “American Pi”
photo © 1999 Lauren Davis Lesser performs during the
keynote presentation for a districtwide inservice for CONTACT INFO: 
ABOUT
THE MATHEMUSICIAN: To
support his mission in increasing awareness and motivation in
mathematics/statistics, Professor Lesser has tapped and merges two of his
great loves – math and music. An awardwinning songwriter (in general songwriting contests as
well as in national educational songwriting contests), his thoughtful and
entertaining math songs have attracted international media coverage
(including Australia’s
largest newspaper and newstalk radio interviews
from El Paso to Jamaica!), yielded statistically significant learning gains
in an NSFfunded randomized experiment, and led to plenary presentations for
national audiences ranging from mathematics
teachers (e.g., an SRO audience of 800+ at the opening plenary of the
2009 NCTM regional conference in Nashville) to mathematicians
(e.g., the opening banquet at the 2008 MAA summer meeting) to statisticians (e.g., the 2013 USCOTS banquet). Lesser’s
mathandmusic outreach has been featured on TV (KCOSTV,
KFOXTV), YouTube,
and in journals (e.g., European Journal of Science
and Mathematics Education and Journal
of Mathematics and the Arts). Lesser has internationally published 60 math/stat
lyrics as well as some of the first juried comprehensive articles (in May
2000 Mathematics Teacher, Autumn
2001 Teaching Statistics, and an
upcoming Journal of Mathematics and the
Arts) on using songs in mathematics/statistics class. As the Mathemusician (some say “the Weird Al Yankovic of mathematics/statistics education”), Lesser
incorporates guitar in his interactive classes and keynotes, facilitating
explorations and performing raps and parodies, creatively adapting popular
lyrics towards content such as infinity, pi, problem solving, graphing
functions, as well as even more worldly applications such as understanding
the lottery! LESSER’S OVERALL
“PROFESSOR BIO”: see
paragraph at end of http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/

Resources
& Bibliography  Lyrics
of Greatest LESSER hits  Cool Math &
Music Quotes 