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My colleagues and I (we teach choir) will often meet classes in the hall and begin warmups – deep breaths, breathing drills, etc. Just the simple act of taking a few deep breaths really does calm the kids down. In the classroom our usual method is to sing an A440 on a pure “oo” vowel, to help reinforce both the head voice and A as a reference pitch. The students know to join in when they hear that sound. This is a huge voice-saver with large or loud groups – I’ve developed quite a piercing “oo” vowel 🙂