Language and music are the two most common types of sounds we experience on a daily basis. Both deliver important information to the brain through sound signals. And both are universal among cultures around the world.

Notes are the building blocks of music. In a similar way, speech is also made up of shorter sounds, the building blocks of speech. These building blocks are syllables. Syllables can be further divided into consonants and vowels. Our brains learn to decode these fast changing speech sounds individually and use them to learn languages during our first year of life. You can explore speech sound learning in Module 6.