The additional element of text affords singers a unique opportunity to convey the thoughts of writers and poets to an audience. Reciting poetry or acting in dramatic productions is excellent training for young singers.
Try this exercise with a friend. Read aloud to each other from a familiar text. Click on the following link to try this exercise.
Notice how certain words such as nouns and verbs naturally receive more weight, or stress, than others. Now read from an unfamiliar text, and listen to each other to see if you can understand the text's message.
A mirror is one of the singer's greatest teaching tools. Mirrors will never lie to you, and they always give immediate feedback as to what kind of visual picture you are presenting "on stage."