Kvothe was born a travelling player - so he learns from a young age to act, to tell stories, to play music & sing. Stories and playing a part are themes within the broader story too - and more than once Kvothe's knowledge of how the story should go get him into trouble. That's one of the things I really enjoyed about this book - yes, Kvothe is the best & brightest and a proper "hero from the tales" but this is precisely what gets him into trouble all the time. And you're never many pages from a reminder that he's just a teenage boy for most of this story. A pretty full of himself teenage boy at that - but he's still a sympathetic protagonist, and I'm definitely interested in reading the next two books and seeing how we get from the boy to the man of the "present day" interludes.
And I have a niggling suspicion that once you've read the whole lot there are things in this one that will pop into a different focus - particularly the stories that various story-tellers tell during it. And the words of the songs that get quoted, there's truth even in the children's rhymes if you know how to look at it. And it's probably important that this is Kvothe's story as told by Kvothe with the benefit of hindsight and as told when the past is catching up with him somehow.