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Excellent question! You are in the same boat I was in many years ago. Like you, I was a public school teacher (Early K and kindergarten) in a public school when I began researching, reading, and following the Waldorf education philosophy. It did change the way I taught from that point forward! First, read, read and READ some more about the Waldorf way.
You're lucky because as a music teacher, there is so much you can do to incorporate Waldorf teaching techniques into your classroom. First, the Waldorf teaching philosophy incorporates movement and rhythm into their music curriculum. Also, they use pure simple tones, you might want to look into using a children's harp or lyre in your class. Learn about "Mood of the Fifth" music and how to incorporate it into your curriculum. Also, children are taught to use a recorder.
There is a wonderful book called Spindrift printed by Wynstones Press that has an excellent introduction entitled "The Value of Music in the Life of a Young Child." Also, the book is filled with songs, stories and poems which you might find helpful.
Good luck and I hope you find renewed satisfaction and purpose in your teaching!