“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, Lesser has also won awards for his educational songs and song videos in national contests sponsored by the American Statistical Association, the National Museum of Mathematics, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, and the Quantitative Literacy SIGMAA, and a video of songs was shown at the 2014 international Bridges conference. 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., opening banquet at 2008 MAA summer meeting) to statisticians (e.g., 2013 USCOTS banquet). Lesser’s mathandmusic outreach has been featured on TV (KCOS, KFOX, KDBC, KVIA), in journals (e.g., EJSME and J. of Mathematics and the Arts), and in institutional media (e.g., pp. 910 of COS newsletter; the closing story of UTEP newscast). Lesser has internationally published 60+
math/stat
lyrics, some of the first juried comprehensive articles (in Mathematics Teacher, Teaching Statistics, and Journal of Mathematics and the Arts)
on using songs in math/statistics class, and his newest NSF grant involves
the creation of interactive songs to be assessed for effectiveness in helping
students learn introductory statistics. As the Mathemusician
(some say “the Weird Al Yankovic of math/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 worldly contexts such as the
lottery! LESSER’S “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 