The Social Currency of Imagination: The Arts in Leading Change


  • Alpha M Woodward Marywood University, PA



music therapy, imagination, social transformation, social currency, courage


A short personal reflection of how aesthetic and artistic abilities offer resilience for social change and personal transformational experiences.

Author Biography

Alpha M Woodward, Marywood University, PA

Alpha Woodward, PhD, is currently serving as Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Music Therapy at Marywood University, PA, USA.Prior to taking this position, she served as the Course Director at the University of Limerick in Ireland for the MA in Music Therapy program.Her 16 years of  clinical experience includes 12 years at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, B.C.and 4 years of humanitarian fieldwork providing clinical and strategic leadership to the Music Therapy project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This project focused on children and youth traumatized by armed conflict.Her research interest is lies at the axis of cultures in transition and arts-based leadership.  She has been teaching at the graduate level in Music Therapy since 2010.




How to Cite

Woodward, A. M. (2016). The Social Currency of Imagination: The Arts in Leading Change. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 16(3).



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