My almost 10 month old son has started to make singing-like sounds when I am singing. It is such a sweet sound. :) But he is not actually singing in tune, yet. I'm wondering when will he begin to actually carry a tune. I've met 2 year olds who can sing songs that are recognizable.

At what age do children start singing tunes?

asked 02 Mar '10, 01:00

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+1 Great question :)

(02 Mar '10, 06:35) Emi

When do children start singing tunes? - About the fifth or sixth time they've seen the same commercial... ;-D

(08 Mar '10, 20:22) Adam Davis

I really think that it varies by child, as with all things! My son, who is three this month, only really started singing songs in the last few months. My daughter, however, started singing Old Macdonald at about 14 months. It wasn't perfect, more like "old donald ... e-i-e-i-oooo", but you could tell that was what she was singing.

I am sure that this is influenced to some degree by the amount that you sing/play music and songs for your child, but I can't say that we sing more now than we did when we only had one child.


answered 02 Mar '10, 01:16

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I agree, it's an aptitude thing. All my kids started singing at different ages, but when they do, it's so sweet you just melt!

(02 Mar '10, 05:28) Neen

+1 I agree that it both varies by child, family set up, and overall exposure to music. I think that even playing regular music (not baby music) in your home could have some influence, and I believe that if music is an important part of your life, then babies feel this. Ours hummed too from rather early on, and the sounds just got better and better!

(02 Mar '10, 06:41) Emi

That was my sons first song too!

(02 Mar '10, 19:27) Phil Seller

That has been our experience too. My 2 year old can sing in tune and pick up songs whereas my 4 year old must have my musical (or lack of) ability. He does sing but it isn't really in tune.

(22 Sep '10, 03:17) K D

I think my daughter was about 2 1/2 when she could sing and entire song with all of the words. She's almost 3 now and has started making up her own songs.

My 16 month old so also can sing parts of songs such as Old MacDonald's "e-i-e-i-ooooo" song...with emphasis on the "O" part of course. :)


answered 08 Mar '10, 07:00

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My daughter has been singing since she could first start talking. At first it was just humming the ABC's, now at 22 months she clearly sings the ABC's as well as tons of other songs. But like everyone has been saying it likely has to do with the amount of music the child is around....


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edited 21 Sep '10, 23:28

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My son has been singing since he was 18 months or so. He's 24 months now and knows most of the words to 10-15 songs and sings in tune - or thereabouts!

I think it's greatly dependent on how often you sing yourself. Don't forget that kids need to see mouth movements as well as hear words and tunes to learn effectively.

Of course, I'm 30 something and still can't hold a tune ;)


answered 14 Nov '10, 08:46

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Although exposure if likely a factor I'm sure that aptitude must also be involved. Our daughter has been exposed to songs and singing since she was born, she's been in baby groups with singing and even goes to music class once per week. She has sung some lyrics to some songs (twinkle, twinkle, or e-i-e-i-oooo)and will hummed random tunes to herself that appear to be made up, but she still won't sing a full song with words. She's also very shy and self-conscious in front of others so I'm sure that's a factor as well.

(14 Nov '10, 18:20) Tammy ♦♦

@Tammy - Good points, I think as with all childrens learning experinences, it's greatly dependent on many factors. As an aside, my son is much less keen singing in front of the extended family and friends.

(15 Nov '10, 21:48) Mungo

My almost 14-month-old started singing the ABCs this morning in her crib. She started off repeating a string of syllables over and over again softly and then it got faster and louder until there was a distinct melody to it. AH-BAH-GEE-DEE in tune to the ABCs. It was so cute. So we sang it to her and she got a huge smile on her face and sang along.


answered 29 Jan '11, 19:11

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My almost 16 month old starting singing ABCs, Elmo's Song, and 5 little monkeys. She just gets sweeter and melts my heart. I play a lot of music at home. We dance and sing together a lot so she has a lot of exposure.


answered 25 Apr '11, 10:33

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My 10 month old says MAMA, DaDa, BaBa, Uh-Oh, and in a sing song voice but not pronouncing all of the consonants, says "There he is!", in response to "Where's Reese?". Our version of Peek-a-Boo. He has been doing that for over a month. Then today after getting a new toy and hearing the 'Old McDonald' melody sung with the words "Fa la la la la la la" 5 times, he sang them outright. I was shocked. It wasn't perfect, but darn close. Of course, I had him do it again and recorded it. He has always stared in amazement at your lips if singing to him, even at 3 months old. He is my 3rd, and although both of my daughters enjoy music,and I sang to them, none have this affinity or early skill.


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