The municipal music and arts schools offer music education (and often also education in for instance dance, drama, visual arts and the media) for children and youngsters at a reasonable cost. Pupils are allowed to enter municipal music and arts schools from approximately the third year of compulsory school until they leave the upper secondary school. They will typically receive one lesson per week on their instrument and have opportunities to participate in ensemble playing. The teaching takes place during school time (the students are then allowed to leave their ordinary lessons) or after school. Often, teachers employed at the municipal music and arts schools will also work as music teachers within the compulsory school system, and hence meet the students on various arenas.