Music is taught as a school subject in Finnish schools. During the comprehensive school years (Grades 1-9), music is studied altogether for 8 hours a week (45 minute lessons). During the last three years of comprehensive school (Grades 7-9), there are in total two lessons of music as a compulsory subject, and in addition to that pupils can choose extra courses of music as a voluntary subject. In high school (3-4 years), one course of music is compulsory, and in addition students will choose one course of either music or visual art. In addition to that, students can choose various courses of music in high school.