Improv Quote of the Day: Wait for the icing?

During the early years of study, correctness is often the focus, pleasing the judge is important, and in some cases little more is asked of the student. Sometimes signs of originality and spirit, such as experimentation and improvisation, are sternly suppressed by teachers, as countless adults have told me from their own frustrated memories. The theory seems to be that everyone ought to master the “basics” first; and later, the good stuff – personal connection to the notes, spontaneous feeling, imagination – can be added, like icing on a cake. … When the day finally arrives that we’ve mastered enough basics, will the spark of vitality still be there? -William Westney, The Perfect Wrong Note

English: A layered pound cake, with alternatin...