Dr. Cate's Flute Academy

Naperville, IL

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How does your business stand out?

Flute lessons with Dr. Cate are tailored to your individual needs. Whether your flute playing goals include auditioning for top youth orchestras, competing in flute competitions or making the most of your experience in school music activities, your lessons will help you to increase your skills, organize your time and, most of all, enjoy playing the flute.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy getting to know my students and their families. It is a real pleasure to share in the success my students enjoy in their school ensembles, in area youth orchestras and in competitions. I especially enjoy making lifelong friends of my students, following their careers whether in music or in other fields. Many of my students have stayed in touch long after their time with me.


Naperville, IL 60563

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5 Reviews
  • TIMOTHY W. Aug 23, 2016
    Flute Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Dr. Cate is WONDERFUL!! Our 9 year-old daughter started with the school's band and was struggling to learn the flute. We started her with Dr. Cate and our daughter has progressed so much in a short period of time. We are very happy and would recommend her to anyone!!
  • Melissa K. Jul 13, 2016
    My daughter first met Dr. Cate by attending her Flute Camp. Dr. Cate is an excellent flute instructor. My daughter's exposure to Music and opportunities to learn and demonstrate her musical abilities would be limited if she was not a student of Dr. Cate. My daughter continues to grow as a musician. I am grateful that we met Dr. Cate. I would highly recommend Dr. Cate to anyone who was looking for an Flute Instructor.
  • Pam Y. May 16, 2014
    Dr. Cate is the BEST! My 14 year old daughter has been taking lessons from Dr. Cate for four years. She connected with my daughter in such a way that makes every lesson enjoyable. When my daughter plays on Solo Day or has an audition, the instructors always remark how well she plays and gives her high marks, commenting on her tone, skill and technique.. Dr. Cate's encouragement and mentoring has given my daughter such a love for playing that she wants to get a PhD in music. Dr. Cate is the BEST!
  • Jack W. Sep 10, 2012
    Cate has been a go-to teacher for a large majority of my top students. Tone, technique, and being a good person while you're at it. Cate demonstrates it all. It is an easy hand-off to pass a student on to her.
  • Kim W. Sep 9, 2012
    Dr. Cate was my flute professor for 3 years at North Central College, and she is amazing! She helped me build my tone and technique in ways no other teacher before her was able to. She took time to get to know me as a person, which helped her better understand how to help me grow as a musician. She found music for me that was both challenging and fulfilling. You will be hard pressed to find a better teacher than Dr. Cate!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Rate is $70 per hour, pro-rated according to the length of lesson, i.e. half hour - $35, 45 minutes - $52.50 for students up through grade 12 and adult amateurs $85 per hour for college, pre-professional and professional lessons/coaching
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first thing I do with new flute students is assess their level of playing proficiency. Depending on the level, I will spend time to review the foundations of playing the flute, if needed. I determine what goals the student has and what they want to accomplish through taking lessons. Then I either recommend material for us to work on together or we commence with material that the student is preparing for an audition or contest.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
DMA - Doctor of Musical Arts and MM - Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, BM - Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now the University of the Arts). Studied with Samuel Baron, Harold Bennett, Raphael Dannatt, Thomas Nyfenger, Judith Mendenhall, Linda Chesis and Ransom Wilson. Attendance at masterclasses and summer music classes with Trevor Wye, William Bennett, Samuel Baron, Paula Robison, Murray Panitz. A total of over 20 years of study
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have wanted to be a flutist from the time I was four years old. I never seriously considered anything else, though I had many odd jobs to support my "habit" when I was younger.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with kids as young as six up through adults (both flute professionals and adult amateurs)
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a teacher who can inspire your child and help them get more excited about playing the flute. Look for someone who can solve problems, set an example and knows how to have fun doing it. Look for a teacher who is positive, encouraging and expects a lot rather than someone to just pats your kid on the head and says, "Good job!"
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What do you want for your child, someone who will teach your child to love excellence or someone who will take your money, pat the kid on the head and not expect much?