John Millard Wigent, 62, a music teacher who was chairman of the fine arts division of D.C. Teachers' College for 12 years before retiring in 1970, died Monday at his Arlington home following an apparent heart attack.

He joined the D.C. public schools as music instructor at Central High School in 1949. After teaching at the old Wilson Teachers' College, he became an assistant music professor at D.C. Teachers' College in 1955, and division chairman three years later.

Mr. Wingent was organist and music director at a number of local churches, including Clarendon Methodist Church and Arlington Methodist Temple.

He was conductor of the Arlington Symphony Orchestra from 1956 to 1964.

A native of Chicago, he earned a master's degree in music from North-western University in Evanston, III., and taught music in the Midwest before coming here as a member of the Navy Band during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Coral, of the home; a son, Donald, of Charlottesville; four daughters, Coral Burke, of Rockville, Ada Dowdy, of Colonial Heights, Va., Pamela Lassell, of Sterling and Claudia Dutemple, of Teaneck, N.J.; a sister, Mary Hornberger, of Monrovia, Calif., and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Arlington TempleBuilding Fund.