Ethel Moody spent two terms in Inverness teaching pianoforte and Harmony. Her reference when she left read as follows:
“28th March 1904
I have great great pleasure in recommending her as a thoroughly competent & so far as I can judge from two terms work, successful teacher of the pianoforte, & Harmony. She has not taught class or solo singing here, but she has done this work elsewhere.
She is quite a lady, & has a pleasant, if somewhat nervous manner. She is also most obliging, punctual and methodical. Her pupils work well for her & behave at all times in her classes. In piano teaching her methods run on accustomed lines: in teaching Drawing & Painting she is well abreast of modern methods.
I believe she has never had a failure in preparing pupils for Music Exams, she is short, but active & fond of games.
Geo. T. Bruce.”
At around this time, Ethel also spent some time in Edinburgh. She was living, and perhaps teaching, at 14 Drumsheugh Gardens which is on the western outskirts of the main shopping streets in Edinburgh.