Meet Our Dedicated Staff

Millie Thompson



  • Bachelor of Music Degree from Manhattanville College
  • Piano Pedagogy Certificate from Westminister Choir College

Millie founded the Somerville School of Music back in 1980 and has been teaching young and old for more then 40 years.  Even with this great history and experience, Millie continues to study piano with Ena Bronstein Barton and voice with Gary Gavula.

She currently has students from 5 to 92 and enjoys teaching all levels.  She sings with Immaculate Conception choir in Somerville, and Tim Keyes Consort based in Skillman.

Les Sara


Les Sara studied at SSM with John Harrity for years playing in High School Jazz band, pit band, choir, and various rock banks.  He won the Somerville High School Louis Armstrong Award in 1988.  He attended Raritan Valley Community College and Rutgers, played on PH101’s indie release “Hostage Heart” CD, and worked at Gorny’s Music Shop for 8 years.  He’s played guitar and bass for many working cover bands and jazz sits.  He loves music, candlelight dinners, and long walks on the beach, and devotes his every waking thought around his beautiful daughter.

Jim Manella



Associate of Arts in Music

He writes and records original music.  He has 15 years teaching experience at SSM and 23 years playing guitar overall.  Jim is married and the proud father of a beautiful little girl.