“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 in national educational songwriting
contests sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate
Statistics Education and the one sponsored by the National Museum of
Mathematics for “Pi Day of the Century”.
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, KDBCTV, KVIATV), YouTube,
and in journals (e.g., European Journal of Science
and Mathematics Education 1(2)
and Journal
of Mathematics and the Arts 8(12)). 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 received an NSF grant to
investigate the effectiveness of engaging modalities (e.g., song) for student
learning. 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 