At present, there are 16 specialised schools providing education in culture and the arts at secondary level (11 music schools, 3 cultural technical schools, a college of art and a dance school).
Technical schools specialising in music (there are 8, including the Music College of Azerbaijan National Conservatoire) train performers in classical and folk instruments, and also teachers for children’s music schools. The College of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts teaches painting, sculpture, carpet-making, ceramics, model-making, theatre design and the decorative and applied arts. Technical schools specialising in culture provide training in the following fields: culture and arts management, museum management, monument conservation, decorative and applied arts, and librarianship. They also have music departments that train music teachers for pre-school institutions and music schools. The second-level course runs for three years, while the first-level course runs for four. Some specialised schools offer both as a continuum; for example, the Secondary Special Music School, named after Byulbyul, of the Baku Academy of Music Training in these institutions lasts 11-12 years, is provided free of charge, and students with good grades also receive scholarships.