This time of year is especially important for getting a good start with music participation in your school program.
Even though it seems like you can put it off until things really get going, it is important that your child has the proper equipment and music supplies to get a strong start as soon as bands come together and kids begin preparing for their seating auditions (usually mid September here on the N Shore of Chicago).
So prior to Labor Day, I recommend that parents consult with their children's music instructors to see what strength reeds they recommend, if the instrument that is being used is in good working condition (very important!) and if all the books that are going to be used in lessons are ordered and ready for use when assigned in the child's private lesson.
Like most teachers, I have a very specific repertoire list that I work on so that I can move my students along in a manner that emphasizes fundamentals while exploring great repertoire. I also mix in learning the band and orchestra material that the students needs to learn for school and extra curricular music ensemble participation.
So take a look at my syllabus on this site and make sure that you have everything ready to go when we meet in the fall!