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Music is a form of artistic expression. And improvising is like creating a new piece of art every time you play . And every artiste in the world (eg Mozart, Elton John, Jay Chou) plays by ear. Like all other forms of art (dance, literature, painting), they all require improvisation of some sort. For example, you do not paint with exact instructions in front of you right? There isn’t any operational manual books (or music scores in similar context) in front of you to tell you what and how to paint. There are general guidelines and suggestions, but you paint what you see and feel at that moment from your thoughts, feelings and inspirations. The act of creation, of spontaneity, is the very definition of art. Music, as an art, needs improvisation and spontaneity.
Language is also a form of art. To master any language, you have to learn to listen, read, write, and speak. All 4 are important, but which would be the most crucial or practical? Theorically, the correct answer is either speaking or listening. You should learn to speak the language of music, to communicate and to improvise using notes and melodies. When you speak you are improvising language. It will make little sense to use "score sheets" to speak to your friends. It is possible but should the situation change you may not be able to communicate your thoughts. Why do we improvise when we play piano (or any other musical instruments) in contemporary style? Because we have to, just like how when we improvise a language through listening and speaking.