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v. im·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·ing, im·pro·vis·es
1. To make, compose, or perform with little or no preparation: improvise a solution to the problem; improvise variations on a melody.
2. To make or provide from available materials: improvised a dinner from what I found in the refrigerator.
1. To make, compose, or perform something extemporaneously.
2. To make do with whatever materials are at hand: There isn't much in the cabin. We'll just have to improvise.

[French improviser, from Italian improvvisare, from improvviso, unforeseen, from Latin imprōvīsus : in-, not; see in-1 + prōvīsus, past participle of prōvidēre, to foresee; see provide.]

im′pro·vis′er, im′pro·vi′sor n.
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Preaching peace, love and understanding with all the subtlety of a brick hitting butter through their ridiculously catchy songs, awful dancing and thunderously crass philosophising, Mundo Jazz are also superb musical and comic improvisers, frequently creating songs on the spot and veering off into spontaneous chaos.
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Although improvisers derive musical inspiration from different sources, it seems that several key elements may be common and with this realisation curriculum can be shaped to develop skills more effectively.
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Improvisers are open, understanding, supportive, truthful, and listen well.