Initial recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He gained for his piece ‘A Free of charge Song,’ modified from poems by Walt Whitman. He performed the violin and banjo as a kid, but he was even more passionate about football than music. He began a dance music group during his high-school years known as Billy Schuman and his Alamo Culture Orchestra. He was a structure teacher at Sarah Lawrence University from 1935 until 1945 and became leader of Juilliard College in 1945. He was honored the Country wide Medal of Arts in 1987. His parents Samuel and Rachel Schuman had been Jewish and surviving in Manhattan when he was created. His parents called him following the 27th U.S. leader William Howard Taft.