# 2 + 1 Math Rocks!

Easton, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Music

Press

“ On Feb. 5th teachers Anne Bercaw, Gary Hank, and Kenney Lutz from Lopatcong Township Middle School were highlighted on Channel 69 News performing their math songs. They have taken popular songs and rewritten the lyrics to help students learn and understand mathematical concepts. Students at the middle school have been extremely receptive to this innovative method of introducing and reinforcing mathematical functions.” - WCEA Advocate (February 2007)

“ Classroom Close-Up NJ” a seven-time Emmy winning show produced by the New Jersey Education Association and New Jersey Network Public Television, visited Lopatcong Middle School last week to do a story about an amazing program, Math Rocks! Teachers Anne Bercaw, Kenney Lutz, and Gary Hank will be highlighted performing their popular math songs. Their program presents math concepts through the contexts of music and audience participation.” - The Warren Reporter (April 27,2007)

“….And, perhaps surprisingly, most students absolutely love the classic rock songs with lyrics changed to sneak math into their heads…. Along with the songs that teach math lessons, behind the band onstage is a gigantic Power Point presentation that has lyrics so students can sing along, and examples illustrating the math concepts in the songs.” - The Express-Times (October 26,2007)

“ Gary Hank, Kenney Lutz, and Anne Bercaw, who all teach 6th grade at Lopatcong Middle School, turn dry math facts such as prime numbers, dividing fractions, and recognizing angles into energetic songs to tunes that most parents will probably recognize, from the Beatles to Devo.” - The Morning Call (August 7,2008)

“Math Rocks! combines the music of classic rock with original lyrics and slide shows to teach math concepts that range from basic counting and measurement to fractions, decimals, algebra and geometry. The slides reinforce what the kids are hearing, which is especially helpful to younger viewers and visual learners. Combining the easy-to-follow lyrics with the music of well-known songs also helps kids to commit the ideas to memory. - Warren Reporter,Feb.12,2010

“Your music and math connections are so much fun for everyone; the students are still talking about it!”

- D.R., Bethlehem, PA

“ Our teachers were impressed on how you were able (to) reach children and teach them to like math, and how eager they were to learn.”

- Mrs. S., Windsor, Ontario

“ It’s a perfect way for me to assist my very smart special needs student.”

- L.S., Boulder, CO

“You had outstanding rapport with our staff and students….. It was obvious that the kids were having an absolutely wonderful experience from beginning to end.”

- L. R., Washington, NJ

“… my 6th grade students LOVE your songs. The lyrics and videos really help cement the math concepts that I am teaching on a daily basis. ….if your music and videos can just help me get a few extra kids to say “Oh, I get it now,” they are worth their weight in gold.”

- K. M., Bay City, MI - various

Discography

Squared² (2008)

1.”Look for Clues” – identify key words to choose the operation in word problems

2. “Prime or Composite” – defines prime and composite numbers

3. “Calculators” – fun

4. “ Words About Math” – sixth grade math vocabulary

5. “Flip It” – using the reciprocal to divide fractions

6. “ Pi Song” – 3.14159,radius,diameter,circumference

7. “ Integers” – defines integers, addition of integers

8. “ Number Line” – using a number line to add and subtract

9. “Factors of 6 &9” – finding factors of a number

10. “ Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” –order of operations

11. “Special Number Man” – using mental math to multiply by 11

12. “ Skip Count” – counting by 2’s,3’s, and 5’s

13. “ Angles” – defines acute, obtuse, right, and straight angles

14. “Fractions” – addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions

15. “Are You Gonna Count With Me?” – fun

Power of Ten Songs –Unplugged (2009)

1. “ World of Math” – fun

2. “ Powers of Ten” – multiplication and division by 10, 100, etc.

3. “ Greater or Less” – using place value to compare numbers

4. “Divisibility” – rules of divisibility

5. “They’re Gonna Take My Games Away” –always try your best in school

6. “ This Math is Easy” –converting fractions to percent

7. “ Man in the Math Room” – fun,dedicated to Mr.Hank’s 6th grade

8. “Measures of Central Tendencies” – mean,median,mode,range

9. “What is My Grade Now?” - convert fractions to percent

10. “All You Can Be” – motivational

Gee - I'm-a- Tree! (2010)

1. “Estimating in Paradise” –using rounding to estimate

2. “Decimal Song” – computation of decimals

3. “Factor Down a Tree” – prime factorization

4. “Divisibility” – rules of divisibility

5. “ Perimeter and Area” – definitions,process for finding perimeter and area

6. “ Still Algebra to Me” – using the inverse to solve equations

7. “Powers of Ten” – multiplication and division by 10,100, etc.

8. “ Look for Clues” – identify key words to choose the operation in word problems

9. “Ones,Tens, and Hundreds” –place value

10. “Scooby Facts” – addition and subtraction facts to ten

11. “Count to Ten” – basic counting

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Bio

"2 +1 Math Rocks!" are educators who combine the music of classic rock songs with original lyrics and PowerPoint slide shows to present and explain math concepts, from basic counting to algebra.

Beginning in 2007 as a way to engage students and supplement classroom instruction, "2 + 1 Math Rocks!" has utilized the link between math and music in performances at school assemblies, family fun nights, Mayfair Art and Music Festival, ArtsQuest "Peas & Q's family programming, and Musikfest, one of the largest music festivals in the nation.

Their unique unique way of presenting math concepts through a live musical performance has been featured at AMTNJ (math educators) annual conferences, on NJN's "Classroom Close-up NJ", and NBC's "The Teacher Says" as well as "Open Set" at MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics.

In addition to CDs and DVDs, "2 + 1 Math Rocks!" songs and videos can be viewed on YouTube, and are used by fellow educators nationally to enhance and support classroom instruction.

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