The ability to improvise music is now relatively rare in classical music, but this is not because it requires genius or even talent. It is simply that our educational approach is no longer based on our native desire to talk with tones. To cultivate improvisation, we need to recover an approach largely forgotten by our modern culture and pedagogy. To put it most simply: We must regularly converse with our students so that they may speak.
–Forrest Kinney, “Musical Conversations: Improvising Duets with Students to Awaken Creativity”