Keeper of the tradition begun with flutists Joaquim Antônio da Silva Callado and Mathieu-André Reichert, who gave birth to the Brazilian flute lineage, Meyer Duque Estrada took charge of spreading their achievements. Disciple of both Reichert and Callado, his own pupils also achieved noted expression. Amongst them Patápio Silva, Parga Rodrigues, Henrique Itiberê da Cunha, Maria José de Brito, Vincenzo Demarco, Maria Rocha, Gregório de Couto, Porto Júnior, Pedro de Assis (who substituted the master in the cathedra after his demise), and Antônio dos Santos Vieira.
Predecessor of Leopoldo Miguez in the direction of the Instituto Nacional de Música, filled in for him after his death. He was also director of the Filarmônica do Rio de Janeiro founded by Francisco Manuel da Silva. Since 1883, he has been professor of flute at the Music Conservatory and in 1888 received from the hands of the emperor the decoration of Cavaleiro da Ordem da Rosa, the highest imperial distinction. In 1890, Estrada became the inspector for teaching and concert director of the Music Conservatory. A virtuosic flutist renowned in all Rio, he was one of the distinguished performers of the Clube Beethoven. Joaquim Callado dedicated the quadrilha "Família Meyer" to him.