Text-to-Speech Web App has Player Piano Capability for Playing and Learning the Piano

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Reader, Science Academy Software's Text-to-Speech Web application, has added player piano capability for children for playing and learning the piano.

Science Academy Software®, an educational software developer, has announced a Player Piano capability to Reader: the text-to-speech Web application that reads and entertains elementary school children (K-5th Grade). See:


Reader, introduced last May, reads entered text and then speaks those words to the user through their speakers or headphones. Users can type words in a text area or copy and paste text from other sources (e.g. fairy tale, short story). Added to Reader's Special Effects, the player piano capability allows the user to enter a series of piano key names and have the music played back. The Web App uses standard piano key nomenclature preceded by an underscore. For example, C4 (Middle C) is _C4. It is a useful tool for learning Music.

Reader is a learning tool for children to learn to read. Children learn how words are pronounced, see images or video that may be associated with the text. This is also of value to people who are learning English as a second language (ESL) and the handicapped or visually impaired.

Reader's vocal dictionary has a limited, but growing, vocabulary of words, pictures, and sound effects. Words not in the vocal dictionary are presented as "ting" sounds. Currently the scope of the dictionary supports a fifth grade vocabulary.

According to Robert Cummings, author and president of Science Academy Software, "Reader's piano player capability allows children, students, and teachers to create and hear music. Try it by playing the sample song examples or create your own at:


Reader is free to use online; no sign up or log in required. You will need a Flash enabled browser. If you get to the URL and it's busy, try Reader's mirror site at:


Performance is a function of bandwidth --server performance, Internet connections, and network traffic.

Please share these URLs with your local school teacher(s).

About Science Academy Software
Science Academy Software was founded 1990. Its mission is to make learning a fun and enriching experience for users of its software. The company's first product was Mastery Learning Tutor an integrated test and tutorial learning system for the Apple II. In 1997, the company introduced BasketMath®, a math test in basketball game format, and launched its Web site scienceacademy.com. In 2000 they introduced Test Servlets & WebTest--programs for browser-based testing and assessment having multimedia capabilities. In September 2004 the company introduced ScienceAcademy.TV -- currently under revision.

In addition to producing it own software, Science Academy Software is a Bright Science affiliate promoting "Scientific American's Amateur Scientists".

The Science Academy Software Web site was named a USAToday Hot-Site in the summer of 1997 for BasketMath Interactive©, and has received awards from StudyWeb(1997), Education Planet(1999), Math.com(1999), Britannica.com(1999). and KidSafe (2002).

Science Academy Software is privately held.

Robert Cummings
Science Academy Software
(347) 204-5990


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