“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 over
50 math/stat
lyrics as well as the first juried comprehensive articles (in May 2000 Mathematics Teacher and Autumn 2001 Teaching Statistics) 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 